A Resist Dyed Cotton Shop Sign: Udon, Etc.
ca. late twentieth century
33" x 52", 84 cm x 132 cm
This is a charming, cloth made of four panels of commercially produced cotton which are hand stitched together and using a kind of commercial resist dyed printing.
It is a sign for a shokudo or a kind of neighborhood restaurant, this one advertising udon (a type of noodle) and donburi (any variety of rice dish served in a bowl). In the fan shaped blank on the lower, left corner is hand written what must be the name of the owner of the restaurant, Marunaka.
A really lovely cloth with what must be a quaint history-and with a graphic appeal that is obvious.