A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: One-Half Family Crest
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
64" x 13 1/4", 175.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is one panel taken from a larger futon cover that may have been composed of four or six panels in its entirety: this panel would have been from its center.
The resisted graphic on the top of this length is a family crest emblazoned with the image of the well cover. Around it is a field of stylized chrysanthemums and arabesques in three tones of blue/grey, very lush and lovely.
It can be safely said that this futon cover panel was part of a bridal trousseau in old Japan. Bedding, diapers and the like were offered at the time of a wedding and it is with certainty that we can assume this piece was part of a larger set.
In good, used condition, this is a very attractive piece with great graphics, good cotton and wonderful katazome dyeing.