Ubuyununo baby towel: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai.

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Ubuyununo baby towel: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai.

Textiles / Meiji / Chugoku / Shikoku

Izumo region, Shimane prefecture

Meiji period

Tsutsugaki-dyed cotton

L.84.0cm W.66.0cm

It was a popular practice all over Japan to prepare a bridal trousseau consisting of ceremonial wrapping cloths and bedding fabrics at indigo-dye shops called kōya. In the Izumo and Iwami areas of the San'in region, there was a special customof preparing a "grand-child kit" upon the birth of a baby to the daughter. Ubuyununo are towels used to wrap newborn babies. It is one of the items included in the grandchild kit together with straps for piggybacking, diapers and towels for wiping the baby's feet. Crane and tortoise and shōchikubai are popular design on the ubuyununo. One corner of the towelwas always dyed red with madder or safflower to wipe the face of the baby.

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