This stencil depicts a motif that has enjoyed hundreds of years of popularity on Japanese textiles: drying fishing nets and plovers. The nets were raised onto poles after use to hasten the drying process. This preserved them as well as lightening their weight.

As noted in previous entries, both the nets and the plovers are rendered right side up and upside down to maximize the versatility of the finished fabric.

The tiny holes for the plovers’ eyes add just a touch of light to relieve the darkness of their silhouettes. The stencil can no longer be used because of the damage at the right edge.

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