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Futon cover with tsutsugaki pine crest and auspicious motifs

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Japan, unknown workshop, Futon cover with tsutsugaki pine crest and auspicious motifs, late 19th/early 20th century, plain-weave handspun, hand-woven cotton cloth with tsutsugaki (freehand paste-resist) decoration in colors on dark indigo ground, Gift of Terry Welch, no known copyright restrictions, 2009.25.44

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Title

Futon cover with tsutsugaki pine crest and auspicious motifs

Artist

Japan, unknown workshop (Japanese)

Date

late 19th/early 20th century

Medium

plain-weave handspun, hand-woven cotton cloth with tsutsugaki (freehand paste-resist) decoration in colors on dark indigo ground

Dimensions (H x W x D)

77 5/8 in x 63 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Clothing and Textiles

Object Type

futon cover

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Terry Welch

Accession Number

2009.25.44

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

cotton

indigo

textiles

Description

Flaming jewels, a magic mallet, peacock feathers, and other auspicious emblems cascade down in a shower of blessings. Futon covers were made as trousseau items and often treasured for a lifetime. This example shows little wear, and it may have been a special commission for a well-to-do family.

Tsutsugaki (tube-drawing) is a traditional Japanese dyeing technique in which the design is created with a dye-resistant paste made from rice starch, applied through a tube.

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