July 16, 2013
Most likely the maker of this furoshiki utilized silks that were once a part of a juban or a han juban which are garments worn under a kimono, much like this one. Fancifully figured cloth, pieces of which are seen here, were often used in the making of silk undergarments.
Above you can see pieces of katazome dyed silk. The sliver shown at the bottom of the photo above is a stencil resist dyed faux shibori.
Above you’ll see more images of beautifully designed katazome silk. The purple color is achieved from dye extracted from gromwell root; the orange is safflower; the blue is indigo; the chartreuse green is probably indigo over dyed with yellow.
The silks are all lightweight silks, what you may call today “lining” silks. Some of them are rinzu or a satin damask.
Piecing silks like this was common in old Japan and often undergarments were made in this manner, another example shown here. Piecing of silks was also used in ecclesiastical applications, within Buddhist temples, where donations of fine silks were used in the service of worship. Two examples are seen here and here.
The back of this furoshiki is of safflower dyed silk. The furoshiki measures 39″ x 41 1/2″ or 99 cm x 105.5 cm. It is available for sale on the webshop.
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