Over the Blue Horizon

furoshiki (wrapping cloth) with tsutsugaki bird

Soft shades of blue and lavendar make a restful home for this charming bird.  The textile measures 57 x 57 inches, a square shape which makes us believe it was a furoshiki, or Japanese wrapping cloth.  It is a medium=weight cotton fabric, two panels sewn together.  There is a one-inch tear near one edge and light staining in a few areas, and a few very small holes. 

The bird and flute were dyed onto the base cloth using a dyeing technique called tsutsugaki.  There is also a crest stencilled onto the fabric.