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Yutan, Covering Cloth, Indigo Dyed Cotton

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1910: Item # 403343

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Indigo dyed (aizome) cotton "yutan", or covering cloth, stencil dyed with family crest of pine boughs flanking a "koto bashira", the bridge of a koto musical instrument. L.150cm (59") x W.129cm (50"). Such textiles were commissioned for use as bridal dowry pieces and covered the items taken to the new bride's home. The family crest may have been that of the bride's or groom's family, or possibly a combination of the two, depending on the rank or status of the families. Textile dyers in Southwestern Japan (current day Yamaguchi Prefecture) were known for their craft skills in producing these items.