Written on January 9, 2014
I really love shima cho or “stripe albums.” Shima cho are said to be a collection of home weaving samples taken by a new bride when she leaves home and joins her husband’s family. Carrying an album of home weaving is a way for the bride to remember the weaving patterns of her birth family.
I’ve always thought this notion was a bit prosaic, but that’s what’s said of shima cho in Japan. This one I’m showing today is a beautiful one. I think it’s from the mid 19th century and it shows a very good selection of hand loomed cottons that are dyed in natural dyes.
It shows a lot of plaids, which I love, including one of my favorite types of old cotton, a woven, basket weave type plaid called sankuzushi in Japan.