Written on May 16, 2014
By “over stitched” I mean that it appears that in its original form, the furoshiki may have just been stitched with corner reinforcements and kanji, or Chinese characters. Then, it seems, irregularly stacked columns of sashiko stitching were added on top of the original stitching, presumably for reinforcement. By looking at the last picture on this posting, below, you may see what I mean by this description.
It is also curious to consider the patches on the back of this furoshiki, shown above and below. Note that some of them have been sashiko stitched, maybe taken from another stitched textile–or maybe not. In any case, this multi-directional, randomly placed stitching over stitching lends a beautifully complex effect to the overall piece.
Notice the stitching patterns on the front of the furoshiki, shown in the photo above: quite unusual, aren’t they? This piece measures 38″ x 36″ or 96.5 cm x 91.5 cm and it probably dates to the early 20th century.