Japanese Textiles and Folk Art

Tsutsugaki with Auspicious Motifs

MISC103 - $2500.00


Tsutsugaki is one of the traditional methods of dyeing cloth using rice-paste resist and applied colors. These cloths were often given as gifts to the new brides and grooms. Larger cloths were generally used as futon cover while smaller ones were used as wrapping cloths. These cloths were shown-off by laying them over tansus (chests). The motif designs were auspicious symbols to wish good fortune for the newlyweds. This particular tsutsugaki is from the Edo era (ca 1600 - 1867). As you can see from the image, it has various tea ceremony motifs. It is approximately 66" wide and 68" long and has a few minor repairs but otherwise is in excellent condition.


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