A Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Large Butterfly

$95.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
44 1/2" x 43", 113 cm x 109 cm

This is a resist dyed furoshiki, a furoshiki being a traditional wrapping or carrying cloth often used to haul goods from place to place.

This particular one shows a delightfully rendered, large, centrally placed resisted butterfly: the resist process was clumsily done as can be seen by the imperfections in the image.

The cotton is commercially milled and the furoshiki is stitched and finished using a sewing machine: as can be easily seen the indigo color has been selectively worn away on certain areas of the cloth, no doubt due to its lifetime of wear.

Still this is a really attractive old furoshiki which shows a traditional Japanese design motif--and notice that with Japanese butterflies you can usually see their "face" as is the case here.

Charmingly rustic.

A Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Large Butterfly