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Item Indigo Geometric E-Gasuri (picture kasuri) Pattern Futon Cover

Oogi (sensu), Folding Fan
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton Homespun, Hand Loomed.

4 separate panels hand stitched together to make this complete textile.
4.2 X 4.8 feet
127 X 145 cm

Thick fabric, heavy-medium weight
0.84 lbs, 380 g
Overall Good Condition

2 nicely sewn patches and 2 stitched repairs. See photos. Strong, soft fabric.

We have washed & ironed this textile, it is ready to display as wall art or for use in your project.
Comments The folding fan was invented in Japan between the 6th to 9th centuries. Until then, the uchiwa (non-bending fans) was the only known type of fan. Japanese fans (oogi or sensu) are made of paper on a bamboo frame, usually with a painted decorative design. They were mainly used for social and court activities. However, fans were also commonly used by warriors as a weapon, by actors and dancers for performances, and by children as a toy. The Japanese originated folding fan design spread to Korea, China and eventually to Europe.

The fan image here shows long tassels. The Emperor and Empress exclusively carried brightly painted fans with long tassels during coronation and marriage events.

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