Futon fragment (?)
Cotton (homespun)
Plain weave

Stripes were a comparatively inexpensive and popular way to put some flavor into cotton garments for daily wear. Hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties of stripes were available to buyers, and books with small swatches of woven stripes were compiled for customers to choose from. These were so-called shima-cho, or stripe books. Click here for photographs of one such shima-cho at Gallery Tsumugi.

This fragment, about 3′ by 4′, is knotted in such a way that it appears to be a futon, but is small and has no evidence of the cotton batting that would have made it comfortable bedding. Below are close ups of some of the different fragments.

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