A Beautifully Patched and Repaired Length of Kaya: Hemp Mosquito Netting

$85.00 USD

early twentieth century
68" x 13", 172.5 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of woven hemp mesh that has been dyed a dull green color: the wiry yarns of the hemp fiber often drink in dye in an uneven way which makes for a lovely color overall.

This length is a panel taken from a mosquito net--tents of mosquito netting were found hanging around and enclosing beds in all houses all over Japan, not just to protect from the hoards of mosquitos in that humid country's summer but also, in winter, to aid in capturing a bit of ambient warmth as one laid in their futon.

This length is particularly notable for its marvelous mending.

We see a large patch onto which are neat blocks of dense stitching, about six in all. A small patch also carries similar mending stitches.

Rich in hand work and very much a part of Japan's past, this length of bast fiber kaya or mosquito netting is an excellent example of mending and of the Japanese credo of mottainai, which is a call not to waste. Please note some stains to the cloth.