AB XX 81


  • AB 799 Sensu (front)
  • AB 83-8 Uchiwa
  • AB 1106 c Yatate
  • AB 990b Necklace
  • AB 69-4 Wagasa
  • AB 456 Purse
  • AB 67-26 Tenugui
  • AB 86-4 Hat (side)
  • 2009.195.1 Key Chain (front)
  • 2009.113.1 a-c Hairpin & Box
  • 2009.110.1 a-d Hair Accessory Set
  • AB 1006 Sensu (open)
  • AB 66-16 Wagasa
  • AB 55-36 Purse (closed)
  • AB XX 81 Wagasa
  • AB 56-30 b Wagasa (open)
  • AB 76-85 Purse
  • 2013.XX.9 Sensu (open)
  • AB 890 Sensu (front)
  • AB 76-110 Sensu
What is it?
Wagasa (Parasol)
What is it made of?
Where is it from?
Object ID
AB XX 81

This wagasa is made of green washi paper on a bamboo frame. There are two layers of white kagari-ito, the decorative weave of strings that is tied on the inside ribbing structure. The wagasa is coated with oil (most likely linseed oil) to protect the user from rain. There are two locks: the first allows the umbrella to be opened two-thirds of the way, forming a more definite triangular shape that provides better protection from the rain; and a second lock that opens the umbrella further (to provide shade). The second lock features an atama rokuro (top cap) of vinyl. The handle is painted black except for the grip, which is left as a plain wood color.

Wagasa (literally "Japanese umbrella") are traditionally made from oiled paper. Surface paintings of wagasa usually feature traditional Japanese imagery. While they are used in daily life, wagasa are typically associated with geisha, traditional dance, and the tea ceremony. Different color wagasa have different connotations and symbolism; for example, in traditional weddings, brides are usually covered under a red oil-paper umbrella. 

AB XX 81 Wagasa