A Sakiori Kotatsugake: Well-Worn and Interestingly Configured

$495.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
69 1/2" x 65", 176.5 cm x 165 cm

This hand woven, blanket or rug-weight textile is woven from cotton yarns torn into narrow strips from rags. In Japan rag weaving is referred to as sakiori. 

This is a kotatsugake which is a cloth to be draped over a heated table or kotatsu. A draped, heavy cloth such as this traps the heat so a family who gathers near the hearth and places their legs under the cloth stays warm. 

This was undoubtedly woven by a member of the family who used it and judging from the repaired holes and the two faint stains (pictured, attached) it is clear this kotatsugake was used hard.

Add to that you can tell by the unusual configuration--the added two panels, top and left which are made from a different weave from the body of the piece--that this cloth was adjusted over time. These kinds of details, although mysterious and subject to speculation by us, are what make folk textiles so intriguing.

The kotatsugake is well worn. Its color is unusual as it is kind of a dull warm grey/green/orange which doesn't make any sense since they are very different types and temperatures of colors. But nonetheless this kotatsugake bears an unusual color and is enjoyable for that reason.

This kotatsugake can be used as a throw, a blanket or an area rug. It is still fairly sturdy and well-made. 


A Sakiori Kotatsugake: Well-Worn and Interestingly Configured