A Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki: Three Motifs

$195.00 USD

early twentieth century
32 1/2" x 31 1/4", 82.5 cm x 79.25 cm

Sashiko stitched furoshiki like this one are somewhat iconic Japanese folk textiles as the show some of the most notable characteristics of that genre, namely indigo dyed cotton and white sashiko stitching.

This is a well-designed and well-executed furoshiki. A furoshiki is a wrapping/ hauling/ carrying cloth that is still ubiquitous in Japan. 

This particular one is hand stitched from 2 1/2 panels of indigo dyed cotton which are now scuffed and slightly marred from years of use. The white cotton sashiko stitching also shows some signs of wear which is a testament to its history.

The motifs stitched onto the cloth are large in scale in proportion to the furoshiki itself: stylized chrysanthemums are seen on opposing corners, top left and bottom right. You will notice a hole on the top, left area. The proper bottom, left corner shows the sayagata motif which is based in the Buddhist swastika; note a patch in this field. The top, right hand corner shows an interlocking lozenge pattern called matsukawabishi or pine bark.

Overall this is a very nice, fully realized furoshiki. The center of the cloth is a bit distended from wear and there are some small holes and some scuffing to the surface however its condition makes sense given this is an old textile that was used in daily life.