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Item Cotton Indigo Tsutsugaki Marital Celebratory Futon Cover
Images of Sensu (folding fan) With long Tassels
Age
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
Homespun, Hand Loomed. Thick strong fabric, soft feel.
Size
4.1 X 5.9 feet
125 X 180 cm
Heavy-Medium Thickness
12 oz, 353 g
4 separate panels were hand sewn together to create this textile
Condition
Very good condition with 1 small repair , see photos.

We have washed and ironed this textile.

This textile is ready to use in your project or to hang as wall art.
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The folding fan was invented in Japan, between the 6th to 9th centuries.

Non-folding hand fans, such as oval and silk fans (uchiwa) were influenced greatly by fans introduced to Japan from China at the beginning of the 1st millennia. The earliest visual depiction of Japanese fans dates back to the 6th century which are seen depicted on burial tomb paintings.

Classic Japanese folding fans are made of handmade "washi" paper with a hand painted design affixed to a bamboo frame. Commercial fans first introduced in the 19th century had machine-made smooth paper with an even surface texture. In addition to folding fans, the non-bending fans (uchiwa) are popular and commonplace even today.

The Japanese find the fan useful in many ways:
The fan is primarily used for fanning oneself in hot weather. Fans are used by Shinto priests in their formal costume during religious ceremonies. And, they are an essential element of the formal costume in the Japanese court used by the Emperor and Empress during coronation and marriage) and they are brightly painted with long tassels (as seen in this textile). Geisha of all types use folding fans in their fan dances. It was also historically used in the military as a way of sending signals on the field of battle. Fans also had some specialized uses by warriors as a form of weapon, by actors and dancers for performances, and by children as a toy.


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