A Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki: Hemp Leaf Motif

$225.00 USD

early twentieth century
39" x 37", 99 cm x 94 cm

A furoshiki is a traditional Japanese cloth that is used for storage, hauling and carrying of goods. Furoshiki are versatile in size and material and they are still used widely in Japan: they are versatile, efficient and are ingrained in the functioning of Japanese society.

This particular one is hand stitched of indigo dyed cotton that has been embroidered with a corner of sashiko stitching in the pattern of the hemp leaf, or asanoha. The area of sashiko stitching is modest by the skill in making the pattern is good.

On the opposite corner is a chain stitched character; as it is placed under a "roof" symbol we might assume that this furoshiki once belonged to a business. Two of the four sides are trimmed in sashiko stitched rows.

The indigo dyed cotton is of good weight and is scuffed from wear as can be seen in the detail photos here. The center part of the furoshiki is also distended from use.

This is a modest little sashiko stitched furoshiki and one with a sedate presence.

Very nice.