Sat, Aug 29, 2020
The repair work of garments associated with the once powerful Uesugi clan to be carried out under the Tsumugu Project got under way, as repair experts gathered at the Kyoto National Museum on Aug. 20 to begin deliberations on how to proceed.
The four garments from the Muromachi-Momoyama period that will go under repair — all of which are designated important cultural properties — include clothing said to have been once donned by Uesugi Kenshin, the historical warlord, and Uesugi Kagekatsu, the first daimyo (lord) of the Yonezawa domain. Uesugi Jinja — a shrine dedicated to Kenshin — in Yonezawa, Yamagata Pref., is the owner of the four items.
A dobuku (samurai coat) in patchwork of imported fabric including gold and silver brocades is one of the garments to undergo repair.
Experts from Shokakudo, a workshop based in Kyoto, and others gathered at a repair facility inside the museum to work out the details of the operation. One of the things decided upon was to apply new cloth to the severely damaged lining of a lustrous yellow dobuku to prevent further deterioration. The coloring of the new cloth also came up for discussion.
The Tsumugu Project — jointly organized by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, Imperial Household Agency and national daily The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo) — raises funds to help restore the nation’s centuries-old artistic treasures by holding special exhibitions and seeking financial cooperation from major companies.
From The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Aug. 21 issue and other sources
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