Festival horse trapping (part of a set)
Cotton (homespun)
Rice paste resist (tsutsugaki), stenciling, dyes and pigments

Even horses got dressed up for festivals, and were paraded through the streets in their finery.

The dyer took a great deal of care with the stenciled crest (note that it is stenciled on both sides – backward on the reverse side), but was not as exacting with the stripes. The stripes in the center look perfect, but the selvedges can be seen to be slightly askew.  Woven stripes would stay straight, following the warp, but these have been stenciled, leaving more room for variability.

Although the stripes should begin and end in more or less the same location, they have shifted by a whole stripe from one end of the cloth to the other. The ends are sewn down in large running stitches.

For Lisa Ryan’s interesting and well researched article on Japanese horse trappings, click here.