Tsutsugaki Furoshiki with Fan Motif
This is a vintage Japanese indigo dyed furoshiki, or wrapping cloth.
This furoshiki cloth is comprised of four panels of cotton which have been stitched together and decorated with a fan motif created with tsutsugaki, a technique of hand "drawing" onto the fabric with rice paste to resist dye, in this case a botanical indigo. The lighter blue areas were accomplished by carefully removing a portion of the rice paste and then re-dying, so that the two shades you see here would be accomplished.
The fabric has great hand and integrity and appears to be handwoven. It is in very good vintage condition. Though there is some light staining and a few worn areas, it does not detract from the overall atmosphere of the piece. There is handwriting visible in the white portions of the fan and a few boro repairs and mends.
Dimensions: 54 x 54"
Late 19th to Early 20th Century