Panel of velvet Date: second half century Culture: Italian Medium: Silk and metal-wrapped thread, pile-on-pile cut, voided and brocaded velvet with metal-wrapped thread loops Dimensions: Overall: H. 58 x W. 63 x W. x 66 x cm)
Design Inspiration // These beautiful prints are salesman's samples of kimono cloth designs. Salespeople would bring these pieces to kimono makers in order to showcase the different patterns available. With its origins as
two pairs of beautifully sashiko stitched akutogake or heel guards. These small, hand decorated cotton pieces are used to cover the back of the heel of the foot, for protection while working, walking or foraging for food.