Written on January 24, 2014
I love the kind of cloth that was used in the making of this furoshiki which is a cloth used for wrapping, storing and hauling of household goods. What I mean by that is that I love textile techniques that mimic others, in this case its a katazome dyed hemp or ramie cloth that is meant to look like it was completely sashiko stitched.
The asa cloth is densely hand woven and it feels wonderfully rustic and thick to the touch. This furoshiki is still very crisp, which means that it was only lightly used during its lifetime. I imagine it was made in the first third of the twentieth century.
It’s of good size. It measures 51″ x 53″ or 129.5 cm x 134.5 cm and it is hand stitched from four panels of cloth. This furoshiki likely comes from Japan’s north east region called Tohoku, probably from Nambu, which produced such cloth in its heyday.