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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Long-sleeved Wedding Overrobe (Uchikake) with Decoration of Cranes and Snow-Covered Pines
Textile Arts
Work Type
first half 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions
Resist-dyed red damask silk utilizing stitch-resist (nuishime shibori) and tie-dying (kanoko shibori) techniques; selected motifs embroidered with gold-paper-wrapped and polychrome silk threads
max. H. 165.1 x W. 119.4 cm (65 x 47 in.)
[Nomura Shojiro, Kyoto, by 1935], sold; to (Louis V. Ledoux Collection, New York (1935-1948), by descent; to his son L. Pierre Ledoux, New York (1948-2001), by inheritance; to his widow Joan F. Ledoux, New York, (2001-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.

1. Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948)
2. L. Pierre Ledoux (1912-2001)
3. On long term loan to Harvard Art Museums from 1985 to 2013.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis V. Ledoux Collection; Gift of Mrs. L. Pierre Ledoux in memory of her husband
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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A white damask silk was dyed to a bright orange-red color to create the ground for this luxurious long-sleeved outer wedding robe with designs of cranes and pines. The white tufts of snow-laden pine branches that cover the body and right sleeve of the robe in a diagonal direction (both front and back) were created using the "nuishime shibori" stitch-resist dyeing technique, in which selected areas of fabric were stitched and pulled together before dyeing process, thus preserving those stitched-off areas reserved in white, predetermined shapes. The pine trunks and numerous crane's bodies were created utilizing the "kanoko shibori" tie-dye technique whereby multiple tiny areas of fabric were tied off before dyeing in order to preserve small circular areas of white fabric reserved, the tiny white spots combining to create forms and shapes when viewed from afar. Other elements, such as individual pine needles and cranes were embroidered using green, black, orange, yellow, and gold-paper-wrapped threads. The lower hem is padded.
Publication History

Julia Meech, "Louis V. Ledoux: Collector of Japanese Textiles", Impressions, Japanese Art Society of America (Lexington, 2022), No. 43: part one of double issue, pp. 99-128, pp. 114-115, fig. A

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