Assignment 4 Museum

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Judd Andrews ARTH 110 Peters Assignment #4 11/30/07 Body Modification Treasure Hunt Japan, Edo period, late 18 th century Furisode (long sleeve robe) Damask silk, silk and metallic threads Minneapolis Institute of Art About 70” long and 40” sleeve-to-sleeve A basic long-sleeved kimono is worn in Japan by single women on fairly formal events. Originally they were black but have developed into bright pastel-colored designs. The furisode is the most formal style of kimono, worn by upper-class unmarried women. The long sleeves, averaging between 39 and 42 inches in length, along with the fabrics used and the intricacy of design distinguish the furisode. The furisodes displayed in the museum are sewn with decorative gold stitching and shows cherry blossoms. The furisode is a vital element of the Japanese culture. When a young Japanese woman celebrates her Coming of Age Day to celebrate the year she turns 20, her parents will usually dress her in a furisode. Wearing a furisode signifies for the young woman that she is both single and a legal adult, satisfying the two requirements to be available for marriage. In this sense, a furisode’s social usage related to the formal gowns worn by debutantes in the West. Men also would wear kimonos, although they vary slightly from the women’s. The men’s variation is a bit simpler, and not so extensive and intricate in neither its design nor its importance. The significance of the kimono comes into the world of tattoo and body modification due to its role in covering the elaborate body-covering designs while they are not being displayed. This body-suit tattoo is called an irezumi. The
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irezumi would span across the entire area of the body that is covered by the Kimono. This way, the irezumi could be concealed completely until its subject desired to unveil it. The Japanese placed great value on the art of tattoo.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ARTH 110 taught by Professor Peters during the Fall '07 term at St. Thomas.

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