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Item Tsutsugaki Indigo Cotton Wedding Futon Cover With Famous Takasago Legend As Subject.

Incredible example of Japanese Folk Textile.
Late 1800s to Early 1900s

From Kyushu Island
The Kurume Area
Fabric 100% Cotton, Homespun, Hand Loomed, all vegetable dyes. Strong colors.
4.0 X 5.9 feet
120 X 180 cm
Med-Heavy Weight, Strong, soft fabric,
1.1 lbs, 480 g
Exceptionally Good Condition, No stains, No Holes, No Tears
Comments Taken from the Takasago legend, the old man (Jo) and woman (Uba, wife) under the pine tree are the principal images in this tsutsugaki textile. The crane and turtle are traditional auspicious symbols for the hope of a long and healthy life. In addition, to give this textile greater spiritual strength, the maker included "The Three Friends of Winter", known as "Sho Chiku Bai" in Japanese (pine, bamboo, and plum plants). They symbolize "virtue, long life & happiness."

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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