Women's Occupations: Sericulture (1 of a series of 12 prints): weavingArtist(s)Kitagawa UtamaroArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1802Medium & Supportfull color woodblock print (nishiki e), reprodutionDimensions
15 1/8 in. x 10 5/16 in. ( 38.4 cm x 26.2 cm )Credit LineGift of Jean Paul SlusserLabel copy
Women of all occupations was a popular theme in woodblock prints of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Kitagawa Utamaro, one of the leading artists of Edo (modern Tokyo), renders this version with mildly erotic overtones. This image is the twelfth and last in a series depicting women making silk.
This reproduction of a famous print tells us much about textiles for urban commoners at time. The seated woman spinning thread wears a green kosode (short-sleeved kimono) with a paste-resist landscape design. Her companion at the loom wears an indigo-dyed robe with an overall stencil-print design of stylized blossoms, and the standing figure wears a simple woven plaid. Cotton textiles dyed in these techniques were the most common for everyday wear in the cities.
Exhibited in "Japanese Costumes & Ceramics, Past & Present," October 2001-February 2002. Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian ArtPrimary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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