Furoshiki (carrying cloth)
Stenciling, paste resist, dyes, pigments, hand painting

Two tone furoshiki divided more or less in half, such as this one, went through a period of popularity. This one, which probably dates to the Meiji period, is decorated with a paulownia crest in the gray area (stenciled on both sides) and shochikubai, the auspicious trio of pine, bamboo and plum in the brown area (hand painted on the face; resisted white on the back, but not painted). The designer avoided the obvious choice of dividing the two sides exactly from one corner to the other, and instead skewed the dividing line so that two corners are all brown and two all gray – no corner is half brown and half gray.

The bamboo, cherry blossom and surrounding small buds are painted with great care and delicate shading.