Shimura Fukumi - Weaver, Writer, Designer, Dyer and Teacher (b. Omihachirin, Shiga Prefecture, Japan 1924 ). In 1990 she was designated a Living National Treasure of Japan for her Tsumugi (kimono) plant-dyed silk fabrics
SAFFLOWER INDIGO KASURI ASA 紅藍染麻絣 TOHOKU REGION, LATE 19C
HAND-KNOTED BASHO-FU KASURI-RESISTED HANDSPUN COTTON DYED WITH SAFFLOWER AND RYUKYU INDIGO TAKETOMI-JIMA, OKINAWA, LATE 19C/EARLY 20C. Te-saji hand towels of basho-fu were traditionally woven by young women in the Yaeyama archipelago of Okinawa and given to their suitors as a symbol of love and commitment.