While researching Japanese ancient textile design, we came across this fascinating article showing Japanese drawings & prints during the 1860’s. A type of blockprint called ukiyo-e, these pictures were Yokohama-e, the prints were done by local artists showing the North Americas during the 1860’s while passing through the fishing village of Yokohama.
The pictures are fascinating as they depict both the North American type of textiles as well as the local Japanese textiles of which the prints become clearly differentiating.
You can read the full article and many other fascinating ones at the Public Domain Review.
Source of images Library of Congress
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