>Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 17:09:26 -0400
>From: Elaine Koogler
>Subject: Re: Re: Building a Persona: architects (and a clothing question too)
>It is quite lovely...but, as others have pointed out, it does have a
>Chinese feel to it.
>> Here ya go, I was able to find a link to a picture of the fabric, even
>> though its kinda a
>> cruddy picture. I was using it as trim/collar and pretty much going
>> down the lapels
Missed the earlier post (1200+ junkmails/virus payloads in 2 days...) so not sure what period was being referred to but for the Muromachi period at least, Chinese material is ok - every trading or bribe for nominal submission ship from China had material - eg in 1407 the Ming emperor sent the grovelling Ahikaga Yorimitsu 10 rolls of silk brocade, 50 bales of fancy hemp thread of various colours, 30 rolls of thin la-silk, 20 rolls of light sha-silk and 300 rolls of fine silk of various colours as well as the coinage etc. Earlier, under the Fuijiwara, the extortion of China trade by taxing in kind was a great source of income for the governor general of Kyushu.
So for aristocrats in period genuine Chinese material was often an option.
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