A Fragment from a Mosen: Felted and Dyed Mongolian Wool
ca. late nineteenth century
16 1/2" x 15", 42 cm x 38 cm
This shibori dyed felted wool is a fragment from a larger piece which would have been a floor mat that has associations to tea culture in Japan.
This type of shibori dyed felted wool is called mosen; wool is not a native fiber to Japan and this felted wool was an import from Mongolia where wool is plentiful and where felting is custom.
This is a small fragment of mosen. It shows one large shibori roundel accompanied by a smaller one to its lower right; the background color of rust is rich; the green color of the larger shibori roundel is quite clear. This tie dying was done in Mongolia, the source of the felted wool.
This piece is a beauty--and for shibori enthusiasts and researchers, this is a good opportunity to own a small piece of this hard-to-find textile.