An Old Cotton Zabuton Cover: Katazome and Over Dyed Indigo
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
21" x 17 1/2", 53.5 cm x 44.5 cm
This is a cover for a zabuton, a traditional Japanese seating cushion.
It is hand stitched from hand loomed cotton: as can be seen, the central panel of the zabuton cover is a piece of very nice katazome or stencil resist cotton, the pattern being that of cherry blossoms in a field of arabesques--beautifully done.
Surrounding this fragment is a border and backing of green colored cotton: this is the result of cotton being first dyed in indigo and then over dyed in a yellow dye stuff. Please look carefully at the attendant detail photos to see that there is some ingrained dirt and faint stains to this green cotton, which is not surprising to note since this zabuton cover is about 100 years old and was used in someone's home.
Note as well so loose threads to the seams.
A really charming home textile from old Japan.