Japanese Buddhist Priest Robe Kesa Kasaya Silk Brocade
This textile has a rich sacred look about it. Made from pieces of silk cloth, a patchwork sewn together, each placement is significant. It is from Japan and is called a Kesa or Kasaya, which is a robe or mantle worn over the shoulder of a monk. The fabric is a silk brocade with butterflies and flowers gold against a darker blue background. Inside the border there are 13 row, each row has a different number ans size of squares. There are 6 gold squares. Circa 1880 or earlier it is in good condition, the back lining a rich blue brocade has issues along the edges, the edges are worn out. It has 6 loop hanging on one end, lengthwise.