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A Beautiful, Pieced Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki

Written on May 2, 2014

SashikoFuroshiki1I’ve recently returned from a buying trip to Japan and have been overwhelmed with inventorying the beautiful things I purchased there, so blog entries needed to take a back seat to logging in new textiles.  But I had to bring this one forward for you to see.  It’s an unusual and very beautiful pieced cotton furoshiki with marvelously sashiko stitched corners.  And it’s seemingly unused.

SashikoFuroshiki1aThe piecing of the old striped and checked cottons is exact and the distribution of color and pattern is intuitively perfect.  The sashiko stitching is also expertly done.

SashikoFuroshiki1bThe sashiko stitched motif, above, is an odd one.  It could be a stylized folding fan, or, on the other hand, it could be an iteration of a cherry blossom whose petals are notched.

SashikoFuroshiki1cThe sashiko stitched motif shown above is, of course, chrysanthemum, a standard motif used on these utilitarian furoshiki.  

This beauty probably dates to the 1930s or so and it measures 49″ x 44″ or 124.5 cm x 111.75 cm.

 

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