A Very Handsome and Large Piece Constructed Padded Throw: Handwoven Stripes
ca. early to mid twentieth century
59" x 80", 150 cm x 203.25 cm
This is a very good looking, quite large, padded cotton throw, which in its original life in Japan seems to have been used as a futon cover.
The face is composed of nine pieces of striped and plaid hand loomed cloth which are hand stitched together. This nine pieces represents five different patterns of stripes and plaids.
This cloth was most likely woven during the Meiji era (1868-1912) or just thereafter and the pieces show the natural wear and patina from age. These are very handsome pieces of old, hand loomed cottons.
The black cotton mitered edge and the black cotton backing are of a commercially produced cotton, made later than the hand loomed piece which comprise the face. The black mitered edge is machine sewn to the hand loomed cloth around its four sides and the finishing on the black cloth is machine stitched. The padding seems to be thin layer of cotton wadding.
An extremely functional piece, this large cloth is still very able to be enjoyed as a bed cover or as a throw.
Really lovely, and recommended.