A Patched and Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Paulownia
early to mid twentieth century
41 1/2" x 37", 105.5 cm x 94 cm
This is an indigo dyed furoshiki which is a traditional cloth used for wrapping, carrying and storing of goods. The center shows a resist dyed roundel that depicts a stylized paulownia flower, a popular Japanese design motif. As is quite obvious, there are three boldly placed patches that are set over this central design.
The furoshiki was used hard in its lifetime as can be seen by the ingrained dirt and faint staining that are scattered over the surface of this cloth, as well as the small nicks and holes that can also be seen and which are highlighted on the accompanying detail photos here.
In terms of its color and design, this is a very attractive textile and one that speaks of daily life in old Japan.