Silk Gauze Monk’s Robe

As Buddhist monks were poor and existed on donations, a tradition developed for their garments. Recycling old, donated material , their capes are made of small rectangles that are sewn together to form a new large rectangle where the old graphics are used to create new design. Eventually this tradition that originated out of poverty developed to use sumptuous fabrics to create quite fabulous garments that are called Kesas.

Case in point, this Kesa, made of light green silk gauze which is decorated in the Kieran technique which is gold paper-based weft brocading.


Circa: late 19th Century

Origin: Japan

Material: Silk

Condition: Minor uneven fading at top center and top left, very good condition

Dimensions: 67" X 41"

Inventory number: TX4918



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