A Sashiko Stitched Panel: Furoshiki Fragment
early to mid twentieth century
37" x 12 1/4", 94 cm x 31 cm
This is a fragment of a panel taken from a sashiko stitched furoshiki, a furoshiki being a traditional wrapping or carrying cloth. The reason it is a fragment is that its proper right-hand selvedge is missing.
However, the proper left hand side and the bottom of the piece are finished with some simple yet attractive white sashiko stitched trim. The bottom 1/3 of the piece is also decorated with sashiko stitching, in this case it is a stepped grid pattern.
Because this piece was taken from a utilitarian cloth, the surface of the cloth shows patina from wear and some slight discoloration, also from wear.
Overall, however, this piece is an interesting-looking fragment from a larger whole, and one that can be admired on its own or incorporated into art projects.
Very good sashiko stitched details.