An Unusual Sashiko Stitched Textile: Cotton Square with a Handle
ca. mid twentieth century
34" x 26", 86.5 cm x 66 cm
With folk textiles, there are times when one is just not sure why something was made: it is understandable to think that something was fashioned to answer a particular need at a particular time--and maybe this sashiko stitched textile is just that kind of thing.
This is a rectangular-shaped cotton piece, the whole being sewn from two individual pieces. The curious detail to this textile is the "handle" which is sewn to the top: why was this done?
The body of the cloth is stitched in thick cotton sashiko thread, the design being that of a grid.
Even thought this is a mystery textile, it is still quite attractive, in good condition, and can be applied to many different situations in the home or in art projects.