A Gorgeous Tsutsugaki Boro Panel: Auspicious Noshi and a Flying Crane
ca. late nineteenth century
58" x 13", 147 cm x 33 cm
This dark beauty is a panel from a very patched and mended indigo
dyed boro futon cover--the futon cover itself was refashioned
from a previously made tsutsugaki textile, most likely a yogi
or sleeping kimono.
This boro length is very patched and layered, and
the indigo is dark blue overall.
On this cloth we see a fragment of a beautifully rendered hand paste resisted crane which has been further stencil dyed with a bit of red dye, probably benibana
The crane is beautifully drawn and resisted and we can see its face, wings and long legs. Below the crane there is auspicious noshi, a celebratory design based on dried abalone: noshi is dried abalone that is stretched into long, ribbon like
strips. The word noshi is a homonyn for the word “prolong,”
so it became customary to include noshi with a gift as a symbol
of longevity and prolonged happiness, so noshi is often used for wedding textiles, which this boro piece once was.
is a wonderful boro textile, rich in layers, color, history, age and
A fantastic, old boro fragment.