Kasuri

Kasuri is the Japanese term for what is commonly known 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 Length of Hand Spun Cotton Kasuri: Framed Squares

A Length of Hand Spun Cotton Kasuri: Framed Squares

early twentieth century53 1/4" x 13 1/4", 135 cm x 37 cm ... (more)

A Length of Blue on Blue San'in Kasuri: Complex Images

A Length of Blue on Blue San'in Kasuri: Complex Images

early twentieth century62" x 13 1/4", 157.5 cm x 34 cm Th... (more)

A Length of Plaid and Kasuri Cotton: Beautiful Pattern

A Length of Plaid and Kasuri Cotton: Beautiful Pattern

early twentieth century52 3/4" x 13", 134 cm x 33 cm This... (more)

A Length of Rustic Kasuri Dyed Cotton: Luscious Hand Spun Cotton Yarns

A Length of Rustic Kasuri Dyed Cotton: Luscious Hand Spun Cotton Yarns

late nineteenth, early twentieth century58" x 13 3/4", 14... (more)

A Length of Indigo Dyed Weft Based Kasuri: Bamboo

A Length of Indigo Dyed Weft Based Kasuri: Bamboo

early twentieth century59" x 13", 150 cm x 33 cm This is ... (more)

A Length of San'in Gasuri: Shrimp and Flowers

A Length of San'in Gasuri: Shrimp and Flowers

early twentieth century41 1/2" x 12 1/2", 105.5 cm x 31. ... (more)

An Elaborately Pictorial Length of Kasuri Cotton: Phoenixes and Paulownia

An Elaborately Pictorial Length of Kasuri Cotton: Phoenixes and Paulownia

early twentieth century56 1/2" x 12 3/4", 143.5 cm x 32.5... (more)

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton Egasuri: Large Scale Abstract Patterns

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton Egasuri: Large Scale Abstract Patterns

early twentieth century54" x 13 1/2", 137 cm x 34 cm This... (more)

A Length of Patched, Soft Toned Kasuri Cotton: Nice Repairs

A Length of Patched, Soft Toned Kasuri Cotton: Nice Repairs

early twentieth century70" x 12 1/2", 178 cm x 31 cm This... (more)

A Fragment of Geometrically Imaged Kasuri: Indigo Dyed Cotton

A Fragment of Geometrically Imaged Kasuri: Indigo Dyed Cotton

early twentieth century18 1/4" x 13", 46.5 cm x 33 cm Thi... (more)

A Length of Patched Boro Kasuri Cotton: Grape Vines

A Length of Patched Boro Kasuri Cotton: Grape Vines

early to mid twentieth century58" x 13 1/4", 147.5 cm x 3... (more)

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