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 Length of Large Scale Kasuri Cotton: Arrow Feathers and Well Covers

A Length of Large Scale Kasuri Cotton: Arrow Feathers and Well Covers

early to mid twentieth century61" x 13 1/4", 155 cm x 34 ... (more)

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 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 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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