Coat (atushi)

Japanese (Ainu)
Meiji era
19th century

Object Place: Hokkaido, Japan


113.3 x 125.7 cm (44 5/8 x 49 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Elm bark fiber (ohyo), natural dyes; plain weave, cotton appliqué and embroidery

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ainu coat (atushi) of elm bark fiber with indigo cotton warp stripe. The wrist openings, center back, front neckline and bottom half of coat are appliquéd with dark indigo and tan cotton cloth and embroidered in the triple line technique (white, red, white) with oval, spiral and S-curve designs.


Gift of Joan Pearson Watkins in memory of her father, Paul Franz Jockwig, to the MFA on December 17, 1982

Credit Line

Gift of Joan Pearson Watkins (in memory of my father Paul Franz Jockwig