A Thick Cotton Furoshiki: Diamond Net Sashiko Stitching
ca. mid twentieth century
29" x 32", 73.5 cm x 81 cm
What an interesting and unusual textile this is. Its intended function is not known, but it appears to have been used as a furoshiki or a traditional wrapping cloth.
It is made of very heavily and thickly woven cotton; three pieces are hand sewn together to create one piece.
Over the entirety of the surface of the cloth is very thick sashiko stitching, the pattern being a kind of diamond net design.
This piece has been used and although it has been washed, it still shows some ingrained discoloration from wear.
A wonderfully subtle piece of hand stitched cotton.