Beautiful Katazome stencil dye work on thick, lightweight, coarsely woven cotton. It is decorated with auspicious motives; crane and long-tailed turtle in the framework of sho-chiku-bai (pine, bamboo, plum blossoms), the symbols of longevity and happiness. Bamboos, canes and pines are hidden, actually all over here in the form of scrolls. Three rolls of
13.1/2" (width) x 123 1/4" (long), roughly 98cm wide x 313cm long. Excellent condition with some color loss, very little holes or stains.
This type of fabrics were made into a set of bridal futon comforters and very popular during the Meiji to Taisho period. These fabrics stay in the roll length without being cut or folded in the center. This is a master work of art.