Doukake (shamisen cover) with kosode fragment
Rinzu (figured silk), silk embroidery thread, paper base
Embroidery, sumi, stenciling

Based on the style of the design and the materials, the fragment used to decorate this doukake is probably from an 18th century kosode worn by a woman of the military aristocracy; the paper base is fairly modern.

The ‘shibori’ in this fragment is stenciled on, not tied and dyed. The orange embroidery is the tachibana, or mandarin orange, motif.

The doukake is a cover placed over a shamisen where the arm will touch it. In the photo below, the red and silver doukake can be seen in place near the bottom right of the photograph on the right side of the shamisen.

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