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Bast Fibre Tunic, Japan

Bast fibre tunic, Hokkaido, Japan, second half 19th century. Bast fibre tunic, Hokkaido, Japan, second half 19th century. © Foto: Ethnologisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, acc. no. I A 4701.

The Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin houses a bast fibre tunic from among the Ainu in Hokkaido, Japan. It dates to the second half of the nineteenth century, or earlier, and was acquired by Max August Scipio von Brandt (1835-1920). The fabric is made of the bast of the Atsui tree. The tunic measures 123 x 115.6 cm. The embroidery is worked with cotton.

See also the TRC Needles entries on Ainu decorative needlework and the drawing of a bast fibre tunic, collected by Von Siebold in the early nineteenth century.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin online catalogue (retrieved 4th December 2016).

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