Small Altar Cloth: Patchwork Shibori on Organic Linen
Tenkozan: Made on the Mountain collection from the Monastery Stitchery and Dye Studio.
To show honor and respect, customarily, a beautiful textile is placed under statues, ritual objects, instruments or sacred texts. Altar cloths represent the sacred area of protection during liturgy and can also simply protect the surface of your altar table.
These patchwork altar cloths are our very zen way of using everything well. Composed from remnant material from other projects that has been dyed with the natural plant dyes we produce at the Monastery Dye Studio, these altar cloths are unique works of art from the monastics and residents who work in the Monastery Dye Studio and Stitchery. Each cloth will differ ever so slightly from the photograph, as the patterns are hand produced one by one, and the quality of natural dyes give these fabrics the imprint of the live process of dying. As such, these items are produced in limited editions.
Patchwork holds a long tradition in Buddhism. Extending all the way back to those ordained with Shakyamuni Buddha, who patched together discarded rags for their robes, or in Japanese traditions, Okesa. The patchwork is a visible reminder of the interconnectedness of all beings. Our practice and attention is what we infuse into every object we carefully construct in the Monastery Stitchery, as it comes to your home or altar.
Indigo Patchwork Altar Cloth is 17"x 10.5" and is lined with a backing of organic grey linen [Zinnia dye with Iron Mordant]