Fragment (from a futon cover?)
Cotton
Weft kasuri

From the size of this fragment, it was probably one of two designs on a panel meant for a futon cover. The second design was most likely a geometric design that was less labor intensive.

The tiger and bamboo are frequently paired in Japanese design, so much so that they are often referred to as taketora (take = bamboo; tora = tiger), as if they were a single word and concept.

Japan had no tigers, so the concept was imported from China, and adopted by the military aristocracy. The tiger is a symbol of strength; the bamboo, by comparison, is weak. Yet the tiger finds safety in bamboo thickets, so the tiger in bamboo was interpreted as the strong protected by those less strong – a lesson in humility.

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