A Patched Indigo Dyed Cotton Furoshiki: Sashiko Stitching

$325.00 USD

early twentieth century
51 1/2" x 48", 131 cm x 122 cm

furoshiki is a traditional wrapping, storage or hauling cloth which is still very much in use all over Japan.

Before its patching and mending this indigo dyed, sashiko stitched one was a good example of its type. Because of the patches (8 in all), holes and light surface abrasion it shows a beautiful history in its surface and by its condition. It has been used hard and is attractive to us because of it. 

The proper reverse side of the furoshiki is highlighted here and it shows patches which are strategically placed on the surface. The patches relate to the mending and reinforcing of the cloth due to a lifetime of wear and heavy use.

The sashiko stitching on three of its four corners is rather crudely done and you can see that the stitching of the chrysanthemum motif on the upper right and lower left shows broken stitches. 

On the upper, right hand side we see holes to that area which were obviously left unmended.

The color of the relatively heavy, hand spun, hand woven cotton is of a dark toned indigo; the furoshiki is completely hand stitched of four panels of this indigo dyed cotton.

Please note the center area of the furoshiki is slightly distended from wear and on the lead photo this is fairly easy to see. 

This is a very good looking, nicely patched and mended great quality boro indigo dyed furoshiki with great charm and wonderful age--and a wonderful visual presence.