Vintage Japanese Tsutsugaki Furoshiki, Hand Drawn Resist-Dyed Wrapping Cloth with Tabane Noshi Motif
This is an indigo dyed cotton furoshiki, or wrapping cloth, with an auspicious tabane noshi motif created with tsutsugaki, a hand drawn rice paste resist technique.
Noshi is abalone that is dried and stretched into long ribbons. It was believed since ancient times that abalone was auspicious and brought longevity. Considered to be a token of good fortune, these were often included with gifts as a sign of well wishes. Tabane noshi being a bundle of noshi.
The design rendering is beautifully clear, and the different shades of indigo color have faded and interacted very nicely over time. The cloth has just the right amount of wear; it still embodies the soulful, old Japanese feeling without being worn-out from too much age. Two panels of cloth, joined with machine stitching, have been used to create this wrapping cloth.
Early to mid 1900s
Dimensions: 40 x 42in; 102 x 107cm