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 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)

A Length of Hand Woven Indigo Dyed Cotton Cloth: Plaid and Kasuri

A Length of Hand Woven Indigo Dyed Cotton Cloth: Plaid and Kasuri

late nineteenth, early twentieth century59 1/2" x 12", 15... (more)

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: Two Patches

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: Two Patches

late nineteenth, early twentieth century69" x 13", 175.25... (more)

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: One Patch

A Length of Striped and Kasuri Cotton: One Patch

late nineteenth, early twentieth century69" x 13", 175.25... (more)

A Fragment Showing Three Kasuri Patterns: Futon Cover

A Fragment Showing Three Kasuri Patterns: Futon Cover

early twentieth century42" x 26", 106.75 cm x 66 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 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)

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