Robe with applique, ruunpe. Hokkaido Ainu. cotton ground, silk and cotton. 19th century. l.124.0cm.
Attush (coat), Ainu PeopleHokkaido, Japan, late 19th c. Elm bark with applique Japanese cotton and embroidery 117 x 117 cm (3’ 10” x 3’ 10”) #17740 Attush garments are closely related to the Ainu’s animistic belief that spiritual beings reside within all parts of nature.The elaborate rituals of the Ainu were meant to regulate the spirits, to please and cajole the beneficial spirits whilewarding off the evil demons. Designs are placed around all of the openings