A Reversible Cotton Boro Kotatsugake: Zanshi Panel
**reduced from $295.00**
early to mid twentieth century
62" x 60", 157.5 cm x 152.5 cm
This fully reversible cotton textile is hand stitched from a lovely combination of hand woven, striped plaid and cotton cloth. The proper front shows a panel of hand woven zanshi cotton, a cloth woven from leftover yarn which results in the block of light colored cotton shown in the middle, top: in this area of cloth, light-colored weft yarns were substituted for the indigo yarns used on the rest of the piece. The plaid border is also a variant of zanshi cloth. The back is assembled from a beautiful combination of hand loomed plaid cloth.
It is a handsome example of Japanese traditional re-purposing of existing material.
The large, cloth is hand stitched from two layers and was used as a cover for a kotatsu, a traditional, heated table that would be covered in blankets under which members of a family would gather to share warmth. Electric kotatsugake, or kotatsu covers, are still used to this day in many Japanese homes.
This kotatsugake shows two distinct sides, as mentioned above: the front side showing striped cloth (primarily) and the back side showing a field of plaid cotton. Each side is patched, mended, and shows wear in the form of snags and small holes.
The condition of this kotatsugake is and used.
A wonderful, utilitarian cloth from old Japan.