A Pieced Length of Faded Katazome Cotton: Tsuru Kame
ca. late nineteenth century
68 1/2" x 13 1/2", 172.5 cm x 34.25 cm
This length of indigo dyed cotton shows a beautiful patina and lovely fading from years--or decades--of use as part of a futon cover in old Japan. The length is comprised of three, separate pieces which are hand stitched together.
The pattern is a delicate tracery of auspicious symbols.
Shown in roundels are both the crane and the tortoise, both symbols of long life. In addition to being a symbol that conveys wishes for longevity, the crane is also a symbol of conjugal fidelity as cranes mate for life.
Along with these roundels, in the background, are stylized noshi.
A really lovely length of katazome cloth.