Nadeshiko and Yabane Boushi and Tsukidashi Shibori Tenugui
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Stitched & capped-resist and small knotted-resist over a pin in carnation flowers & arrows pattern
Technique: Boushi - Capped motif binding-thread resist / Tsukidashi - Small circle-knotted resist, created by wrapping thread and tying a kamosage (half-hitch) knot over a blunt needle. Process illustrations are from the book “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing” by Wada, Rice, and Barton. (c)1983
Pattern: Yabane - Fletching (the stabilizing feather on arrows or darts) symbolizes masculine strength and the mythical power of a weapon. Some shrine talismans and protections use yabane for this reason. It also became popular as a warp-ikat pattern in young women’s kimonos because it symbolized parents’ wishes for their daughter to be a part of a happy and successful marriage, in which she would spend the rest of her life and not return home. / Nadeshiko - a kind of carnation and often combined with yamato (Japan) as yamato nadeshiko, meaning the personification of an idealized Japanese woman or the epitome of pure feminine grace, virtue, poise, and humility. Japan's women's National Soccer Team is nicknamed Nadeshiko.
Approximately 1m x 35cm (39in x 13in)
Handmade in Arimatsu, Japan
Tenugui are scarf-size, all-purpose towels made of lightweight cotton, used in Japan for centuries and recently popularized and collected because of their beautiful patterns and graphic designs.
Ukiyo-e example: Utagawa Kunisada (1862)
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