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Item Very Rare Tiger Katazome Textile Design.

Katazome Indigo Cotton Textile, Tiger Walking in a Bamboo Grove.
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, hand loomed, homespun cotton, medium-heavy weight, thick. Part of an old futon cover.
12 inches X 3.1 feet
31 X 95 cm
Very Good Condition
No Holes, No Spots. Slightly faded in a pleasing way.

We have washed & ironed this textile. It is ready for use in your project.
Comment For the Japanese, the tiger (tora) symbolized bravery and dignity and pictures or figures of tigers were believed to invite good fortune. Tiger symbols were thought to be effective in keeping away evil energies and preserving the health and safety of ones children. The tiger became an important lucky charm for soldiers going off to war because it was said the animal always returned home after a long, perilous journey. The tiger was also valued greatly for the reputed miraculous healing properties of its body parts.

The tiger was not native to the Japanese Archipielago. Rather, it came to be known in Japan because of its existence in China and Korea where the Japanese traded commercially and conquered in war. Japanese warriors returned to Japan with live tigers on occasion and kept them in captivity.

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