Man's vest (jimbaori)

Edo period
19th century

Object Place: Japan


Center back length: 57.8 x W across shoulders: 95.3 cm (22 3/4 x 37 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill weave with silk and gilt-paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s vest (jimbaori) in the style of a general’s campaign vest with embroidered collar and slight flare at bottom. Center back is partially slit and side seams are laced halfway up with red and white cords. Constructed from: outer body of robe-overall design of chrysanthemums on “higaki” braided fence ground. Lining: overall design of clouds and dragon roundels. Both worked in twill weave with supplementary pattern wefts; silk and gilt paper yarns. Front “lapels” - “karaori” type fabric (twill weave with supplementary pattern wefts, pattern-dyed warps; design of chrysanthemums and grasses). Lapels are fastened down with red and white cord “frog” closures. Padded collar and shoulder bands-black felt with scale-like grid pattern worked in relief (red twill weave “buttons” and white embroidery. All edges trimmed with black felt and red and white embroidery. Colors: blue, orange, gold, red, black, green, light blue, purple.


Fenollosa-Weld Collection; bequest of Charles Goddard Weld; gift to the MFA on December 7, 1911

Credit Line

Fenollosa-Weld Collection