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 Diagonally Cut Boro Kasuri Cotton: Handspun Yarns

A Length of Diagonally Cut Boro Kasuri Cotton: Handspun Yarns

late nineteenth, early twentieth century76" x 13", 193 cm... (more)

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: Patched and Hand Spun Yarns

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: Patched and Hand Spun Yarns

late nineteenth, early twentieth century62" x 13 1/2", 15... (more)

A Length of Weft Based Kasuri Dyed Cotton: Money Pouches

A Length of Weft Based Kasuri Dyed Cotton: Money Pouches

early twentieth century58" x 13 1/2", 147.5 cm x 34 cm Th... (more)

A Length of Kurume Kasuri: Geometry, Castles, Geese

A Length of Kurume Kasuri: Geometry, Castles, Geese

early to mid twentieth century56" x 13 1/4", 142 cm x 33.... (more)

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