Katazome Futon Cover Panel
This is a large central panel from a kakebuton cover (the doona like part of a futon ensemble). This is made up of four strips of katazome stencil resist dyed cotton. It measures 136cm x 158 cm.The borders and backing of kakebuton were plain and covered with another washable cover which is why usually only these central decorative panels are kept. It is decorated with auspicious crane and pine motifs which suggest that it was part of a bride's trousseau - and clearly from a relatively wealthy family. These were often used on the wedding night and then put away and perhaps only brought out for guests. This would also explain why it is in such beautiful condition with just one small tear/cut (see photo). Late 19th - early 20th century.
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