A Tsutsugaki Dyed Furoshiki: Auspicious Longevity Symbols

$175.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
24" x 27", 61 cm x 68.5 cm

This is a furoshiki which is a traditional Japanese cloth used for hauling, storage and carrying items which are either loose or bundled.

This furoshiki is dyed in the tsutsugaki or free hand paste resist method. It was first dyed in indigo and then dipped again in a yellow dye which results in this lovely, mossy green color.

The images shown here are the crane and the pine, both images of long life and conjugal fidelity. The crane is said to mate for life and the pine, when dropping its needles, does so in pairs. Both the crane and the pine are also well-known symbols for longevity, so this humble furoshiki is loaded with auspicious symbolism.

Please note that although the furoshiki is hand drawn and hand dyed it is finished/stitched using a sewing machine.

In good condition and showing beautiful drawing, this furoshiki is also beautifully rich in an over dyed indigo green tone.