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Shimmering Silks: Traditional Japanese Textiles

March 29 - October 20

Ever since the cultivation of silkworms was introduced to Japan from China during the third and fourth centuries CE., Japanese people have used silk to create items of clothing and decorative works of art for hundreds of years. Shimmering Silks: Traditional Japanese Textiles celebrates silk pieces from the collection of the SLAM, which has been collecting fine Japanese textiles for more than a century.

Image: Japanese; Wrapping Cloth (fukusa) with Design of Sake Cups, early to mid-19th century; silk satin embroidered with polychrome silk floss and silk threads, and couched gold-wrapped threads; 34 3/8 x 27 3/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 111:1919


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