Auguste Racinet. The Costume History Hardcover – Illustrated, November 4, 2015
by Françoise Tétart-Vittu (Author)

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

Specimens of Japanese Art. Cloisonné Enamel Designs.

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Japanese Art. Cloisonné Enamel

Plate XII.



AMONG the productions of this highly decorative Eastern art the Japanese style occupies so eminent a position that it is impossible to pass it by in silence.

We give an interesting specimen of it in the accompanying plate, which contains a number of examples all taken from the same object: a copper dish ornamented with cloisonné enamel on both sides. The upper part of our illustration is occupied by a section of the dish, while separate details are grouped in the lower part.

Japanese art, although very ingenious in the employment and combination of geometric lines, does not confine itself to that alone. The figures of flowers and animals are treated with much purity; and it is worthy of note that the interior divisions, which are unavoidable from the very nature of the work, always leave the outline of the object distinct.

The colours in the accompanying plate are like those of the original in the relative value of the tones, but are rather less dark as a whole; it was thought that a greater degree of freshness and brilliancy would, probably, better represent the original state of the model, or, at any rate, make it a more useful object of imitation for the workmen of the present day. (See Ch. Burty, Émaux cloisonnés, anciens et modernes, Paris, 1868.)

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.

Illustration, damasks, ornament
Note:  Indian arts and crafts. Weapons, Jewelry and Equipment. Mughal Empire.

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)


Couture: then and now Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically.