For much of their history, Ainu people wore clothing made from a woven bark-cloth called attush. As cotton became available through trade with China and southern Japan, it was added sparingly as an ornament. Robes such as this one, made entirely from cotton, were expensive and often had to be pieced together from multiple small sections of material.
Cotton and silk
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Ainu. Man's Robe, 19th century. Cotton and silk, 55 1/8 x 51 9/16 in. (140 x 131 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 12.751. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 12.751_front_PS9.jpg)
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