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Donsu

Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
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Romaji Donsu
Kanji 緞子, 純子
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(n) Damask


Donsu is a damask (reversible brocade).

Characteristics

The primary characteristic of donsu is when it is turned over, the pattern that appears on the obverse is the inverse of the front. The design does not protrude from the ground as in brocades. The cloth produced is pliable and more suitable to small applications such as textiles for the tea ceremony. Most donsu is shusu, but twill ground donsu also exists.

Donsu is easily differentiated from rinzu by the fact it is always woven with at least two colors.

History

The first examples of donsu were imported from China during the Kamakura period. Many of these fabrics became meibutsugire. The techniques for weaving donsu were introduced by a Chinese weaver in the Tenshō period.[1]

Examples

Formality & TPO

TPO - Within Japan

Occasion Acceptable
Hotel Wedding Reception
Restaurant Wedding Reception
Formal Party
Casual Party
Dinner
Lunch
Tea Gathering
Graduation Ceremony
Practice
Theatre, Concert
Exhibition
Travel
Yes - Acceptable to wear.
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.


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References

  1. JAANUS Article on Donsu. Accessed March 8, 2017.