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Imperial Silks (of the Manchu Court)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"When the nomadic Manchu warriors overthrew the Ming dynasty in 1644 and founded Ch'ing [Qing], they took over the world's largest population, greatest bureaucracy, and one of the most luxurious courts in existence. They remained, however, a clear minority... To ease an orderly political transition while guarding against total cultural assimilation, the Manchus adjusted to a Chinese style bureaucracy and adopted the Buddhist religion while simultaneously enforcing certain ethnic and cultural differences. One of the clearest distinctions made was that of court attire." An overview, plus 14 related examples of court attire from the Manchu period, all with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-imperial-silks.cfm
Kimono
Victoria and Albert Museum
"Japan has a very rich textile history, a major focus of interest and artistic expression being the kimono. Meaning 'the thing worn,' the term kimono was first adopted in the mid-19th century." A special feature about the kimono, with in-depth discussions of the kimono's history, production (weaving, dyeing, embroidery), and decoration (symbols and motifs), plus 51 kimonos from the V&A's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/k/kimono/
Fashioning Kimono: Dress in Early 20th Century Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum
"These boldly patterned and brilliantly coloured kimono reveal the dynamism of Japanese textile design in the early 20th century." A short introduction plus 13 featured objects with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/past_exhns/kimono/index.html
Miyake, Kawakubo, and Yamamoto: Japanese Fashion in the Twentieth Century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to Japanese fashion since the 1960s, with a focus on the designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto. With 10 examples of the artists' works from the museum's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/jafa/hd_jafa.htm
Netsuke: From Fashion Fobs to Coveted Collectibles
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to the netsuke, a decorative accessory worn with the kimono since the 17th century. With images of 15 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nets/hd_nets.htm
Noh Costume
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to the development of Noh costumes since the 14th century. With images of 10 Edo-period robes from the MMA's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nohc/hd_nohc.htm
Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China
Pacific Asia Museum of USC
"Rank and Style: Power Dressing in Imperial China is an educational and interactive exploration of how the Chinese elite in the Ming and Qing dynasties expressed status through insignia of rank and the robes and accessories that went with them. It draws on the extensive collections of the Pacific Asia Museum as well as several private collections." Includes a glossary of textile terms and symbols, a chronology, discussion questions, and a reading list. Teaching Unit at the link below. See also Introduction.

Go to Museum Resource: https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/exhibitions/past/exhibitions-at-usc-pam-prior...
Traditional Dress from East Asia
Victoria and Albert Museum
An introduction to the traditional clothing of Japan, China, and Korea. With four examples and two patterns (for a kimono and a dragon robe).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/traditional-dress-from-east-asia/
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