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 Short Length of Beautifully Patterned Kasuri: Middle Figure

A Short Length of Beautifully Patterned Kasuri: Middle Figure

late nineteenth century26" x 13 1/4", 66 cm x 33.5 cmThis... (more)

A Length of Plaid and Kasuri Cotton: Flower and Plaid

A Length of Plaid and Kasuri Cotton: Flower and Plaid

early twentieth century63" x 12 3/4", 160 cm x 32.5 cm Th... (more)

A Length of Beautiful 19th Century Kasuri Cotton: Stripes

A Length of Beautiful 19th Century Kasuri Cotton: Stripes

late nineteenth century56" x 13", 142 cm x 33 cm This is ... (more)

A Length of Egasuri: Umbrellas in Ikat

A Length of Egasuri: Umbrellas in Ikat

early to mid twentieth century63" x 14", 160 cm x 35.5 cm... (more)

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton: Wood Sorrel and Kanji

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton: Wood Sorrel and Kanji

early twentieth century55" x 13", 139.75 cm x 33 cm This ... (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 Weft Kasuri Length: Floral Pattern and Machine Repairs

A Weft Kasuri Length: Floral Pattern and Machine Repairs

early to mid twentieth century56" x 13", 142.25 cm x 33 c... (more)

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