A Large and Faded Green Colored Furoshiki: Resist Dyed Details
ca. mid twentieth century
50" x 52", 127 cm x 132 cm
What a gorgeously faded, abraded, large and well-used old cotton boro furoshiki. This old, wrapping cloth was used for storage or to transport goods, and the character of its surface and color shows that this furoshiki has been well-worn and well-used.
The green color is the result of overdying indigo with a yellow dyestuff, and the variegated green tones, in some areas they are completely faded away, is simply lovely. By looking at the accompanying detail photos it is easy to see that the surface of this cloth is abraded and used well. The cotton is hand woven and heavy.
Interesting are the resist dyed images on the two opposing corners and the two, hand applied, small patches.
This is a really rich cloth, both in its visual appeal and the story it has tell of a life in old Japan.
For a bit more about it, have a look at our blog posting, here.