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This length of cotton fabric may once have formed part of a bedding cover, or futonji, created to celebrate a wedding. The motif of a ship's anchor symbolised the desire for stability in the marriage. The anchor image was also used in Izumo, on the Japan Sea coast of western Honshu (the main island of Japan), on nappies given by the child's maternal grandparents. Here the motif was symbolic of longevity, of 'anchoring' one's life. The fabric is now mounted as a decorative scroll.
Fragment of cotton with free-hand paste resist decoration (tsutsugaki) of an anchor, and mounted as a scroll.
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Length: 158.5 cm scroll, Width: 42.5 cm, Width: 42 cm scroll, Length: 43.4 cm textile, Width: 30 cm textile, Length: 64 in, Width: 16.75 in
Tex, Japan, resist-dyed. Fragment of cotton with free-hand paste decoration, mounted as a scroll, Japan, 1800-1920
Textiles; Wall coverings
East Asia Collection