Kasuri

Kasuri is the Japanese term for what is commonly knows as ikat weaving.  The kasuri process involves yarns being tied before they are dyed.  The areas where yarns are tied are "masked" and will resist dye.  The way in which yarns are tied will determine the look of the finished patterns which will be woven into the cloth.  Sometimes just the weft yarns are tied. Sometimes both the weft and warp yarns are tied, and this is called double kasuri--a technique which can yield designs that range from simplistic to marvelously complex and pictorial.

A Repaired Length of Large-Scale Kasuri Cotton: Well Cover Motif

A Repaired Length of Large-Scale Kasuri Cotton: Well Cover Motif

early to mid twentieth century61"  x 12 1/4", 155 cm x 30... (more)

A Length of Kurume Kasuri: Geometry

A Length of Kurume Kasuri: Geometry

early to mid twentieth century40" x 13 1/2", 101.5 cm x 3... (more)

A Short Length of Indigo Dyed Kasuri: Umbrellas, Pine Bark and Floating Weft

A Short Length of Indigo Dyed Kasuri: Umbrellas, Pine Bark and Floating Weft

early twentieth century32" x 13 1/2", 82.5 cm x 34 cm Thi... (more)

A Length of Kasuri Striped Cotton: Two Patches

A Length of Kasuri Striped Cotton: Two Patches

late nineteenth, early twentieth century57" x 13", 145 cm... (more)

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