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Item Tsubame (barn swallow) and geometric images.

A common and easily recognizable bird in Japan, tsubame have long, pointed wings and deeply forked tails. The feathers on the back and wings are a metallic dark blue; the underside is white or cream. The face is scarlet red. Both sexes look similar, although males (79-106 mm) are longer than females (68-84 mm). Males also have longer tail streamers.

Barn swallows breed all over Japan during the summer, arriving in April from their winter stay in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and Micronesia. Swallows construct bowl-shaped nests from mud mixed with saliva and grass, often in caves and under the eaves of barns and houses. (In Japan it is considered good luck to have a swallow nesting in your house.) Swallows prefer open habitats with lots of room for aerial maneuvers.

Swallows catch insects on the go, flying fast and low over the ground and water. They owe their agility and maneuverability in large part to their fork-shaped tails.  
The female lays four to six small whitish eggs and incubates them for about 15 days while the male feeds her. Both parents feed the young once they hatch, and it takes about another 15 days before the nestlings fledge and are ready to leave the nest.

The females prefer males with longer tails, as they apparently advertise the good genes of their owners. Such males start breeding earlier and have more nestlings. Long-tailed males also have less parasitic mites and live longer.
Early 1900s
Fabric hand loomed 100% Cotton.
13 inches X 2.3 feet
33 X 70 cm

Very Good Condition

No spots or rips.

We have washed & ironed this textile, it is ready to display as wall art, to add to your kasuri textile collection or use in your sewing project.

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