A Pieced Cotton Furoshiki: Geometric Abstraction
mid twentieth century
52" x 48", 132 cm x 122 cm
This is a home made furoshiki which is composed of colored fragments of commercially loomed cotton that have been machine stitched into a marvelous configuration that evokes geometric abstract painting.
There are over fifteen pieces of cotton that comprise this traditional wrapping cloth: as it has been clearly made in the home for home use, and was used hard, the cotton shows some faint, over all staining (shown in accompanying detail photos), some repair to the back and small hole and tear to the bottom hem.
A humble yet surprisingly visually sophisticated cloth from old Japan.