A Small Plaid Cotton Furoshiki: Hand Written Tag
early to mid twentieth century
23" x 20 1/2", 58.5 cm x 52 cm
This charming little object is an indigo dyed cotton furoshiki, the cloth of which was hand loomed. A furoshiki is a wrapping cloth: large ones are used for hauling and storage and smaller ones like this are often used for presenting gifts or something similar.
This furoshiki is hand stitched from one-and-a-half loom widths of woven plaid cotton, the scale of the plaid is harmonious to the size of the furoshiki. As can also be seen, the furoshiki also shows a small, white cotton, hand stitched patch that contains hand writing--kanji or Chinese characters--which presumably state the name of the original owner of this piece and possibly a date.