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Item Tsutsugaki Indigo Cotton Futon Cover
Takasago Legend
Early 1900s
Fabric Cotton (weft) & Silk (warp) mixed
Homespun, Hand Loomed, all vegetable dyes. Strong colors except for faces, slightly faded.
Extensive slubs throughout.
4.3 X 5.5 feet
135 X 168 cm
Med-Heavy Weight, Strong, soft fabric,
0.7 lb, 317 g
Very Good Condition but has 6 very small holes only on the background. The largest of the holes is picture in the last photo in slide show.
Comments Taken from the Takasago legend, the old man (Jo) and woman (Uba, wife) under the pine tree are the principal images in this noboribata textile. The crane and turtle are traditional auspicious symbols for the hope of a long and healthy life. 

Since ancient times, the Japanese have believed that powerful deities dwell within pine trees, especially in the large, grandiose ones. This image of the majestic Japanese pine is the single inspiration behind one of Japan’s best-beloved Noh plays, Takasago. The illustrious Japanese Noh playwright Zeami scripted this exciting and lively Noh drama filled with the atmosphere of nobility, dignity, and purity.

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