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Item Exceptional Tsutsugaki Green Cotton & Silk Marital Celebratory Futon Cover
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric Cotton Silk Mixed
Cotton (warp) & Silk (weft)
Homespun, Hand Loomed. Extensive slubs throughout.

Cannot confirm but this tsutsugaki most likely made in Okinawa.
4.3 X 5.4 feet
132 X 165 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
0.93 lb, 424 g
Very Good Condition

Bright Colors, especially the reds and blues.

Image registration is very precise, all but perfect.

The colors in the photos are brighter, especially the reds, than when it is seen in person.
Comments Dramatic composition.

Subject of this tsutsugaki is the Buddhist shisa (dog-lion) surrounded by botan (peony flowers).


The Chinese introduced Japan to the tree peony in the Nara period (710 - 794) . To the Chinese, the flower represented good fortune, high honour, and the season of spring.┬áThe flower gained prominence in Japanese scrolling patterns, especially those used in brocades. Like the Chinese, the Japanese considered the peony to be ‘king of the flowers’ and therefore use it as a popular motif in textile design, often regardless of season.

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