Bed cover (futonji)
Stenciled, paste resist

The stencil for this design was cut in such a way that there is no break in the pattern, making it close to impossible to see where one repeat finishes and the next follows. The leaping carp in torrents of water are skillfully divided into light and shadow, making maximum use of the limited color scheme. Simultaneous upward and downward movement prevents the textile from having a distinguishable top or bottom, thereby increasing its adaptability to various uses.

This is a three-paneled bed cover. The two very strong vertical lines indicate that the panels have been sewn together slightly unevenly.

Because the reverse of the bed cover was never intended to be seen, it did not have to be dyed on the reverse side.


Detail of homespun cotton and stenciling.