Furoshiki Japanese Fabric Masao Ido 'katsura Rikyu' Motif Cotton 105cm For Sale
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Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one would make an especially nice wall hanging, as it's based on a print of Katsura Rikyu(Imperial Villa) in Kyoto made by Masao Ido, one of Japan's foremost contemporary artists. It can be hung without any backing, with small nails, etc., or with a simple wooden dowel that you could get at a local hardware store. It also displays wonderfully when stretched on a frame, as you would mount a painting. It's 105cm x 105cm(41 1/3" x 41 1/3") and is a high quality, 100% cotton. it's larger than typical prints that are done on paper, and would make an especially dramatic room accent, its fine detail and color variations on display. The borders on the side are navy.Mr. Ido was born in 1945 and his prints have become much sought after interntionally and are known for their subtle colors and simple forms. His traditional scenes convey a feeling of peace and tranquility and command high prices.When I saw this beautifully done work, the lines and colors caught my eye and I knew I wanted to share it. So I was very pleased when I got permission to offer some here. I have two other Masao Ido furoshiki listed separately.Please note that this is not an original print, it is not rendered on paper, it is not hand signed and numbered, nor is it a limited edition, as a collectible print is. If you are looking for a standard print as an investment grade collectible, this is not what you're after.This is a cotton furoshiki cloth, that Mr. Ido has approved and licensed. It lives up to his high standards in both the quality of the cotton, which has a good weight to it and a rich texture, and the superior craftsmanship in the printing, which lives up to the care he takes in his attention to detail in his work. There's a distinct warmth and depth to this that honors the spirit of his prints and at the same time brings something additional to it; there's a real pleasure in being able to hold and touch such a well made piece without worry in regard to its condition, unlike with a standard print on paper. It adds a tactile dimension that brings it closer and makes it feel even more intimate. In fact, I was so taken by the quality of the printing that I took a picture, the last one, of the reverse side as well. You'll see if you look carefully that the image is reversed, lovely in its own right!
The history of furoshiki in Japan is quite long and colorful. As a student of Japanese language, I was surprised to realize that 'furo' is from the word for bath. I'd never thought to connect the two! And 'shiki' is a thing that is spread on the ground. It seems that In the Edo Period, from the 17th to 19th century, furoshiki were used to wrap the clean clothes in, carried the just worn clothes home, and in between, were spread on the bath house floor to stand on while changing.
If you enjoy Mr. Ido's work but have hesitated because of the cost, or more generally, if you appreciate the Japanese sense of understated beauty and harmony with nature and have been wanting to add that to your home environment, this furoshiki affords a wonderful way to do just that.
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