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Item Three Friends of Winter Tsutsugaki Furoshiki, Indigo Cotton
Family Crest (Kamon) bottom right identified the owner.
Tsutsugaki Images: Plum flower (ume), matsu (pine tree), & bamboo (take). All natural dyes. Probably, a wedding gift based on the auspicious imagery and colorful patterns. These exceptional furoshiki textiles were used as covers for high quality furniture or for wrapping & protecting important objects.
Early 1900s, From Kyoto
Fabric 100% Cotton Homespun, Hand Loomed.
3.3 X 3.5 feet
100 X 107 cm
Heavy-Medium Weight
0.50 lbs, 225 g
3 separate panels were hand sewn together to create this textile. Tight image registration.
Exceptionally good condition. Probably never used. Strong colors but somewhat muted when viewed in person as compared to the photos here. We have washed and ironed this textile It is ready to use in your project or to hang as wall art.
Comments Culturally, pine, bamboo, and plum are associated with winter because they flourish together at that season. They are commonly known as the Three Friends of Winter or referred to simply by their Japanese name: Sho-Chiku-Bai (literally "pine, bamboo, plum"). The pine and plum-blossom add their fragrance to the cold air and are therefore valued as bringers of distraction to adverse conditions. This is further emphasized by the evergreen qualities of pine and bamboo, and added to the early flowering of the plum while snow is still on the ground which makes of them symbols of perseverance and integrity. They also symbolise longevity: bamboo and pine because of their evergreen quality, plum blossom because it reappears on the age-old branches.

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