Close Window
Item Wonderful Tsutsugaki Light Coffee Latte Color Cotton Futon Cover
Images of a silkworm metamorphosing into a moth with the addition of folding fans that contain images of flowers and birds.
Unusual textile in that the butterfly is typically selected for use in these sorts of tsutsugaki textiles, however this piece distinguishes itself with the moth image.
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
3.2 X 4.5 feet
96 X 137 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
9 oz, 245 g
Good to Fair Condition
1 small hand mended repair and 1 rip on the selvage, as seen in photos.

Muted Colors and not as vivid as the 1st photo of complete textile. The remaining photos show close to true faded colors.

Beautifully faded.
Comments The principal image on this tsutsugaki textile is of a silkworm as it is metamorphosing into a moth. Japanese silks have a long history in Japanese life and the silk moth as part of that history holds an important place in Japanese culture and it symbolism.

In Japan, both the moth and butterfly possess similar significant spiritual and symbolic meanings. The single distinction between the two is the butterfly is diurnal (daytime creature) and the moth is nocturnal. Furthermore, the moth is specifically associated with the blossoming of young womanhood. This female metaphor is further enforced in this textile with the addition of folding fans (sensu) with feminine associated symbolic images of flowers and birds.

We can imagine this textile was made as a futon cover for a young woman because the complete piece is, sized for a single person futon, sewn together from 3 individual panels.

Please Share This Page!