Futon Cover

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868) or Meiji Period (1868-1912)

19th century

Cotton plain weave with rice-paste resist (tsutsugaki)

65 3/4 x 52 3/4 inches (167 x 134 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by the Otto Haas Charitable Trust, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Maude de Schauensee, Theodore R. and Barbara B. Aronson, Edna and Stanley C. Tuttleman, The Hamilton Family Foundation, and Maxine and Howard H. Lewis, 2000

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    The Museum's purchase of Harry G. C. Packard's notable collection of thirty-eight traditional Japanese textiles has brought to the previously modest holdings of Japanese folk textiles outstanding examples in the mingei tradition---crafts made for daily use. Over half of the textiles in the Packard collection feature masterful examples of the tsutsugaki technique in which designs are drawn freehand in a rice paste that resists indigo dye and colored pigments. These textiles, which traditionally formed part of a bride's trousseau, often show bold decorations that carry auspicious associations, such as the tea utensils on this futon cover that represent the importance of the tea ceremony. Dilys Blum, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections, 2009.