A Generous Length of Sashiko Stitched Cotton: Layered and Unused
mid twentieth century
73" x 13 1/2", 185.5 cm x 34.25 cm
This is an absolutely beautiful length of densely layered, sashiko stitched cotton cloth. Not only is the length densely sashiko stitched, it is also very heavy weight because it is composed of four layers of cloth that are quilted together, making it quite durable and heavy in the hand.
One side of the length is a subtle, woven striped cotton while the other side is indigo dyed cotton. Note the slight variation in color of the warp-based sashiko stitching: most of the stitches are done in pure white thread while a selected few rows of stitching are done in pale blue thread, giving a bit of variety to the overall stitched design.
The length was stitched but it was never used in the service of a larger textile, and it is unclear if this was intended to become a kotatsugake or hearth cover, or perhaps it could have been intended to be made into a heavy-weight work kimono. Its ultimate purpose is unclear, but this very generous length of heavy weight sashiko stitched cloth is extremely well-done and quite handsome.
A gorgeous thing which can be simply admired or studied, or put to use in the service of art or craft.