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Amanda Mayer Stinchecum Japanese ikat production research collection

Identifier: Mss .S75

Content Description

The collection consists of 5 notebooks with notes taken by Stinchecum while doing research in Japan, color slides, black and white photographs and negatives, contact sheets, and a VHS tape. There is also a stack of index cards containing bibliographic information and photocopies of Japanese publications dealing with ikat textiles.


  • 1649-1987
  • Majority of material found in 1978-1987

Language of Materials

Large portion of the material is in Japanese. Stinchecum's research notes are in both Japanese and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Please contact Special Collections; materials are sometimes restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Amanda Mayer Stinchecum is a textile scholar with a special interest in Japanese ikat textiles. Dr. Stinchecum was born on April 17th, 1941 in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. She taught elementary school and worked as a fashion journalist prior to attending graduate school.

Dr. Stinchecum received her PhD in Classical Japanese and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1980 and is a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard, and at the Institute for Okinawan Studies, Hosei University, Tokyo. (, NYU Steinhardt, Department of Art and Art Professions, accessed on December 4, 2018).

Dr. Stinchecum studied history of ikat in Japan between 1983 and 1984 at the Tokyo Kokuritsu Bunkazai Kenkyujo. The materials she collected during this period make the bulk of the collection.


8 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)


The collection is organized into 3 series. Series I: Images; Series II: Stinchecum's notebooks and a set of index cards; Series III: Photocopies of published materials in Japanese. Within the series the materails are arranged chronogically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered by Division of Anthropology, 2011

Condition Description



Doro-zome - mud dying

Hōgake - banners dedicated to a shrine

Itajime - board clamped resist

Kijoka bashōfu - banana-fiber cloth

Kukuri - tying yarn for ikat dyeing

Kumejima tsumugi - spun silk

Kurume gasuri - ikat textiles produced in Kurume City Fukuoka Prefecture. Most famous, high quality cotton ikat. (, accessed on Dec 11, 2018)

Kushi-oshi kasuri - "comb-pressed" ikat cloth. A cloth made by applying dye directly onto yarns using a comb-like tool

Noto jōfu - hemp or linen ikat cloth

Sakiori - weaving that uses a rag weft against a warp of either bast fiber or cotton. The weft material is often made from shredded kimono or other recycled garments which can be of cotton, silk or other material. (, accessed on Dec 11, 2018)

Seikei - warping

Amanda Mayer Stinchecum Japanese ikat production research collection, 1649-1987
Maya Naunton
February, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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