Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. (27 x 19.7 cm)
medium-size print (chu-ban)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946
Not on view
Tatsukuri (or Tetsukuri), in the Musashi area west of modern Tokyo known as Chōfu, is a famous place for bleaching cloth. The woman here is rinsing cloth in the shoals of the river but looks almost as if dancing with the waving cloth. Use of the technique of embossing subtly reveals the cloth's thickness.
The poem by Fujiwara Teika in the square reads:
Tamagawa at Chōfu by Teika
The cloth that is hung over the fence for bleaching catches the morning dew at the village of Tamagawa.