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Japanese Indigo-Dyed Cotton Furoshiki

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Japanese Indigo-Dyed Cotton Furoshiki
This handsome indigo cotton “furoshiki” (carrying cloth) with three vertical panel construction features a flying crane descending upon the branch of a large gnarled pine tree. Meiji/Taisho period. There is an oval red seal with white characters beneath the crane’s wing. The design technique employed is hand-drawn, starch-resist dyeing (“tsutsugaki). “Tsutsu” means “tube” and “gaki” means “drawing,” the rice-paste resist being applied to the cotton with a paper cone having a tubular metal tip. The textile is then dipped repeatedly in indigo dyes. Where the paste lines had once been, white lines now remain, outlining the design in sharp contrast to the deep indigo blue background. Indigo textiles were the fabric of the countryside in Japan, and furoshiki are ubiquitous there to carry all manner of goods. (See feature article on Tsutsugaki in "Daruma 37" for similar examples.)

CONDITION is excellent. The color is a deep and vivid shade of dark indigo blue, with no fading or patches. This attractive textile makes a very dramatic wall hanging.

DIMENSIONS: 50” (127 cm) high, 44” (112 cm) wide.

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