Wrapping cloth (furoshiki)

Shôwa era
mid-20th century

Object Place: Northern Japan


Height x width: 141.6 x 132.1 cm (55 3/4 x 52 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain-weave; indigo dyed, cotton quilting (sashiko)

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Indigo-dyed cotton wrapping cloth (furoshiki) with decorative quilting stitches in white cotton thread at each corner: two corners have a fan motif (ohgi); one corner has a pine bark patterned (matsukawa-bishi); and one corner has an interlocking swastika pattern (manji tsunagi). There are white cotton braided tassels at two corners. The piece is constructed of four lengths of fabric hand-stitched together with a hand-stitched hem on two sides. At one corner there is a family name written in ink on a small piece of white cotton which is stitched onto the surface of the wrapping cloth.


Purchased by seller in Yonezawa, Japan in 1995; Purchased by MFA June 27, 2007

Credit Line

Adrienne Iselin Gilbert Memorial Fund