Antique Japanese Tsutsugaki Boro Futon-ji With Chadögu Tea Ceremony Motif
A brilliant Japanese boro futon-ji decorated with tsutsugaki, a hand drawn rice paste resist technique.
This textile was dyed with botanical indigo which has gracefully faded with use, imparting it with a wonderful atmosphere and history. The first few images shown are actually the reverse of the futon where the contrast and hand drawn elements are even more graphic. Each side marvelous for display for different reasons.
Many Japanese tea ceremony elements are represented here—tea whisk, water ladle, brazier, feather brush, hanging scroll with daruma, calligraphy brush, flower arrangement, and other traditional items. Oftentimes futon decorated in this fashion were presented to a new bride and groom as part of their wedding trousseau.
A few boro textile patches can be found—running along each side as reinforcements with mends and repairs scattered throughout. A book titled 茶の道 or “Way of Tea” is shown in the lower corner, partially obscured with a mending patch.
Dimensions: 53 x 57″ (134 x 144cm)
Mid to late 1800s