A Recycled Paper Tatoushi: Wrapping Paper
ca. mid nineteenth century
laid flat: 12 1/2" x 32", 31.5 cm x 61.5 cm
This rolled paper is made of laminated, recycled sheets the surface of which has been stained with kaki shibu or green persimmon tannin.
This tatou was used for storing a textile and when unfurled, you can see the applied flaps of paper which would have held the contents in a secure fashion. Also, when opened, you can see the layers of printed paper what were used to make this heavy wrapper.
For some reason, this tatoushi came with a mess of tangled, brightly colored yarns rolled inside it, which can be seen in the accompanying photographs. Note as well the lovely, braided cotton cord which wraps around this scroll-like wrapper.
Just lovely--and a object which calls up daily life in old Japan.