A rare white egrets rug. Himeji Castle, the center of old Harima Province, to which Ako belongs, is also called Shirasagi Castle. This may have been specially ordered by a peson of Himeji. It's a good-looking egret with one leg raised, and has a certain charm to it. The period is probably the Meiji era (late 19th century). The border is fern pattern, and rug with this border pattern were made for a very limited period of time. Many of them have very elaborate designs, such as No.8 Shangri-la.
In the middle of the Meiji era, there was a man named Hayakawa Sousuke, who took over the business from Kojima Naka, the founder, and contributed to the development of Ako Dantsu by exhibiting at a series of exhibitions.My own guess is that these rugs have fern border pattern are made under the supervision of him.
The scissors are highly skilled, and the threads cut so meticulously and without waste that there is no need to trim the threads after washed. The whole thing has a soft, used texture, with the glue removed. It had a 10cm frayed edge and was mended from the first time I got it. (See the photo on the back.) There are also areas of unevenness of color and re-dyeing because the stain stains and fading were so severe.
Considering the large pattern and condition, it may be better to display it as a tapestry rather than as a practical rug. If you want to hang it on the wall, please let us know and we can attach a simple metal fitting to it. It's not in good condition by any means, but I recommend it to anyone who likes the cute egrets.
Ako Dantsu / Late 19th. / Ako city, Hyogo, Japan / cotton, indigo and natural dye
Size: 91 cm x 184.5 cm
Condition: A surface view of the damaged edge.It has been mended so it won't fray any more.
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