A Length of Handsome Checked Cotton: Patches
ca. late nineteenth century
58" x 13", 147 cm x 33 cm
This is a very handsome length of indigo dyed cotton: it seems from the hand stitched construction of the piece which is made from four separate pieces, that this was once a kimono that was repurposed to make a futon cover.
The design is just lovely--it is a grid of narrow, white lines on to which two patches are placed.
The cloth is hand loomed of hand spun cotton yarns, and as we have spoken about many times before here, it is rich in ito aji, or thread taste, a very desirable trait for old Japanese cloth.