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Item Tsutsugaki Solid Indigo Cotton Former Yogi With Clan Family Crest & Young Pine Trees

There is a 2 inch (5 cm) hanging loop at the top of this textile.

See reverse side photo #14 & note the very center panel which is about 1/2 width of the others. The presence of this narrow panel indicates that it was formally a yogi.
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
4.7 X 4.9 feet
142 X 148 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
1.1 lb, 513 g
Very Good Condition Has 2 small 1 inch (2cm) smooth cuts along the edge.

Good image registration.
Comments The family crest is a representation of the tachibana, a species of wild, green, inedible citrus fruit native to Japan. It is a well know family name in feudal Japan, prominently found in the clans of the historical Nara and Heian (710–1185) and Muromachi, Sengoku and Edo (1333–1868) periods.

For the Japanese, the pine tree (matsu) symbolizes virtue, long life & happiness. These evergreen trees (tokigawa) are closely interwoven with the spiritual and physical life of the Japanese people. The spiritual for their symbolic meanings and physical because of their common application in building structural elements. The pine, one of the 'three friends of winter' (along with plum and bamboo), is held dear due to its favorable evergreen appearance, distinctly present during the bleak and cold winter season.

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