A Hand Spun Cotton Tsutsugaki Fragment: Young Pines
ca. late nineteenth century
36" x 13", 91.5 cm x 33 cm
This is a really beautiful length of tsutsugaki dyed cotton.
On wonderfully hand spun, hand woven cotton is shown a pair of young pines whose image is applied to the cloth using a free hand resist technique called tsutsugaki.
The tsutsugaki rendering of the pines is really complex and beautiful--as is the background color, the rich, mossy green color which has taken beautifully on the hand loomed cotton, which is rich in ito aji, or thread taste.
The green is achieved by dyeing first in indigo, then dyeing over this blue using a yellow dyestuff. Yellow is usually gotten from turmeric, kihada, a kind of plant bark, or gardenia seed derived dye.
The cloth has seen some wear, and there are some surface abrasions and pin-prick sized holes throughout.Really lovely--and rather in synch with the holidays.