Animal hair
Felted, dyed, and stencil printed (?)

Felt is not a traditional Japanese material. Thick shibori-dyed felt rugs in deep rich colors were imported from China and used in tea ceremony, but tea ceremony was a very exclusive practice, and felt was very unusual in Japan before modern times.

Based on its design, this thin pad also appears to have been imported from China. Its use in Japan is not known, although it was suggested that it might have been used as a saddle pad.  Readers who know more about this piece Рits purpose, its printed design, its country of origin, age, dyes, etc. Рare encouraged to write in and share what they know.