Tsubame Yatara-miura and Ori-nui Shibori Tenugui
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Random looped-resist & folded-edge stitch-resist in barn swallow pattern
Technique: Yatara Miura Shibori - Randomly placed soft outlines of small resist-bound shapes. Small portions of cloth are gathered on a hook shaped specifically for this process and continuously loop-bound with cotton thread to create a soft resist outline on each unit / Ori-nui Shibori - Folded-edge stitch resist drawn tight before dyeing
Pattern: Tsubame - Barn swallow, known to symbolize Summer when seen in flight. They nest close to human habitation for protection from other predators. Their nests are protected because swallows help control mosquitoes during the summer months.
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: Section of Kitagawa Utamaro (1790)
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