A Meiji Era Buddhist Textile: Silk and Cotton
reduced from $110.00
ca. late nineteenth century
49" x 33", 124.5 cm x 84 cm
This lovely, unused textile is hand stitched from silk brocade, damask and plain cotton, its configuration reminiscent of a kesa, a large, Buddhist surplice. This cloth, called ori gojo, is said to be a kind of shawl like accessory to the Buddhist priests raiment. We have also seen a cloth configured exactly like this one which was used as a kind of ceremonial mat upon which a Buddhist priest would stand as he faced the altar, engaged in ritual.
The white cotton is crisp and clear; the gold and deep purple silk brocade is just a tiny bit frayed on the edges and shows a woven pattern of floral roundels amid a ground of cloud forms and Buddhist swastikas. The silk damask shows a small repeat of soft-edged blocks amid which are roundels which seem to enclose a dragon and peony form, alternatively.
The hand stitched cloth is stitched in a curious way: the proper left seam, where the width of silk meets the white cotton, is stitched deeply, so the seams is crimped and does not lay perfectly flat when laid out.
Otherwise, this cloth is in as pristine condition as it can be, and for a cloth of 100 years age, it is in very good shape.