A Length of Stencil Resist Dyed Cotton: Noshi and Tsurukame
ca. late nineteenth century
70" x 13 1/4", 178 cm x 33.5 cm
This length of indigo dyed cotton shows a beautiful patina and lovely fading from years--or decades--of use as part of a futon cover in old Japan
The pattern is a delicate tracery of auspicious symbols.
Shown in roundels are both the crane and the tortoise, both symbols of long life. In addition to being a symbol that conveys wishes for longevity, the crane is also a symbol of conjugal fidelity as cranes mate for life.
Along with these roundels, in the background, are stylized noshi.
Some light fading at the very bottom edge of this length.