Woman's katsugi (head veil) made of very thin silk gauze with beautiful katazome (stencil-dyeing) whose pattern is traditional "Matsukawa-bishi" with "Yatsu-fuji" round crest. Katsugi was worn by a woman when she went out. The neck part is lowered in front for easier wearing on the head. Katsugi with this zigzag pattern is called "Gosho katsugi" and worn by a woman of the court noble. Both katsugi and two silk cords are dyed with natural indigo. Late Edo period, possibly the first half of the 19th century. In excellent condition except for several very tiny moth holes. 124cm x 151cm The last photo is from the catalogue of the exhibition of the "Kyoritsu Joshi-gakuen Collection" held in 2005 at the Senoku Hakko-kan in Tokyo.