A Length of Weft-Based Kasuri: Tortoiseshell
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
48" x 13 1/4", 122 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a lovely length of indigo dyed cotton kasuri weaving with a bold and soft graphic pattern of weft-based design. The repeat, geometric pattern is that of the tortoiseshell, a common motif in Japanese folk textiles and it confers a wish for long life.
This length was probably taken from a futon cover which was probably made for a bride's trousseau, hence the auspiciously woven pattern.
The length was worn hard as there are three mending stitches on the reverse side.
A beautiful length of kasuri cloth.