Patchwork quilt cover

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 20th century
  • Geography

    Tohoku, Japan
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W: 141.5 × 121.5 cm (55 11/16 × 47 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Quilt cover hand-stitched together from fragments of used cotton textiles--a practice in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan, where it is too cold for growing cotton, and rags were bought from peddlers coming from the south to be reused. The fragments in this quilt include unusual choices: a "Tengu Flour" bag, a flag or door curtain bearing a stencil-dyed crest, and a fragment previously used to wrap a package mailed to Date county, Fukushima prefecture.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Origin

    Tohoku, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of the Jeffrey Krauss Collection of Japanese Textiles
  • Type

    Costume and Textile
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