|Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation|
Donsu is a damask (reversible brocade).
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.
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.
Formality & TPO
TPO - Within Japan
|Hotel Wedding Reception|
|Restaurant Wedding Reception|
| Yes - Acceptable to wear. |
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.
Relevant Threads / Discussions
- JAANUS Article on Donsu. Accessed March 8, 2017.