Panel fragment (from futon?)
Cotton (homespun)
Rice paste resist (tsutsugaki), stenciling

Underlying themes of evanescence, metamorphosis and beauty all combined to make the butterfly immensely popular in family crests of the military class. This particular crest is associated with the Taira clan, a very old and distinguished military family. For more on the Taira clan, click here.

This panel is a fragment of a larger piece, but probably only consisted of repeats of the white butterfly in green outlines and the green butterfly in white outlines. The use of the two contrasting colors makes maximum use of a minimum of materials.

Most likely this color was achieved by first dyeing the textile yellow (with turmeric?), and then overdyeing with indigo.