A 19th Century Katazome Dyed Cotton Furoshiki: Complex Dyeing

$165.00 USD

mid to late nineteenth century
23 1/2" x 26", 60 cm x 66 cm

This furoshiki, or a traditional wrapping cloth, is made from an absolutely marvelous old, hand spun, hand woven katazome dyed cotton.

The cotton cloth has what the Japanese call ito aji or thread flavor and this is a desirable element in collecting old folk textiles.

The furoshiki is made from two pieces of cloth which are stitched up the center. The cloth is stunningly complex in its design and execution. The background color is green, which is more than likely indigo over dyed in the yellowish color we see that enhances areas of the design. Selected areas of black highlight and give further definition to aspects of the repeat pattern.

The design is rich: the geometric areas are based on a traditional Buddhist-associated pattern called bishamon tsunagi and there are floating, contained areas that are intricately drawn and designed which harbor a host of motifs, some of them also related to Buddhism.

There are two mending patches which are easily seen.

This furoshiki is of great beauty and age and it is something to consider if you love good quality Japanese folk textiles.


A 19th Century Katazome Dyed Cotton Furoshiki: Complex Dyeing