A Page from a Shima cho: Two Neat Rows of Kanji on Verso

$45.00 USD

9 1/2" x 12 1/2", 24 cm x 32 cm

This is a page from a shima cho; it is actually one leaf or two pages that are opened and laid flat.

Shima cho means, literally, "stripe album." The small, cotton swatches contained within it are usually striped cotton, or some variation on striped cotton.

A shima cho is said to be an album of home weaving that a bride takes from her family home when she marries, leaves her family and begins her life in the home of her new husband's family.  Most likely this is in part true, however it is more likely that a shima cho has a broader beginning and a less prosaic life.  It is not unthinkable that a sliver of a neighbor's weaving found its way into a shima cho, or some such thing.

This leaf from a shima cho is made from recycled, used paper. Its reverse side shows two neat vertical rows of hand writing near one of the margins.