An Omi Jofu Zabuton Sham #1: Flags and Cherry Blossoms
ca. early twentieth century
22 1/2" x 19", 57 cm x 48 cm
This is a zabuton cover or casing only; it is not stuffed.
It is of a beautiful, indigo color and the cloth is either hemp or ramie: this very supple, fine-as-silk asa kasuri cloth is called Omi jofu, as it was woven in Omi, a center of superlative asa weaving, known for its fine hand and its high quality.
The motives on this zabuton cover are interesting: cherry blossoms are interspersed with the "rising sun" flag, in this case it is the Japanese military flag from the early part of the twentieth century.
The zabuton cover is hand stitched from three pieces of cloth, showing two seams, one front, and one back.
Overall the condition is very good, with no noticeable or glaring stains or loss.