A Sekka Shibori Padded Cotton Zabuton: Hand Stitched
ca. mid twentieth century
25" x 24" x 1", 63.5 cm x 61 cm x 2.5 cm
This is a soft cotton, padded sitting cushion that is covered in sekka itajime indigo dyed cotton cloth, the pattern being that of "snowflower."
This zabuton is hand made and is entirely hand stitched--and it has been used as can be seen by some of the faint surface abrasion, some snags to the cotton, some faint staining (seen in the accompanying detail photos), and one faintly noticeable hole the size of a soybean.
The zabuton is constructed from two panels of cotton and it is filled with traditional cotton batting. Twelve hand stitched cotton tacks hold the front, back and insides together.
As charming as this piece is--and it is--please know that it has been used in old Japan and its dyed white cotton surface shows evidence of this.
A good, old zabuton.