Sashiko with Stitched Kotatsugake / Kotatsushiki
* From the collection of Stephen Szczepanek
A kotatsu is a brazier over which a table is placed: this was a heating element for the home. Kotatsugake are very heavy cloth covers used to cover the kotatsu so family members could gather around it, tuck their legs under the cloth and stay warm.
This is an excellent example of a kotatsugake as it shows a beautifully pieced arrangement of cottons which are punctuated by sashiko stitching that runs throughout the entire area of the piece. The kotatsugake seems to be made from recycled cotton kimono and indigo dyed cotton kimono linings--kotatsugake are almost always made from re-purposed cloth usually formed by many layers which this one is.
Indigo Dyed Hemp and Cotton