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Hand Stitched Tsutsugaki Indigo Jacket
100% cotton, Medium-heavy Weight, Deep Blue Indigo. Handspun and Hand Loomed. Partially lined with light blue indigo.
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Early to Mid 1900's
Very Good Condition, one dime size spot, see 5th photo
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This jacket was probably used by store employee.

Tsutsugaki is a Japanese term for the technique of drawing designs with rice paste on cloth, dyeing the cloth, and then washing the paste off.

The rice paste is typically made from sweet rice, which has a high starch content and is therefore sticky. The paste is applied through a tube (the tsutsu) similar to the tubes which are used by bakers to decorate cakes. A related process is to apply the paste through a stencil; that is called katazome.