A Length of Katazome: Roundels and "Watery" Arabesque

$75.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
35 1/2" x 13", 90 cm x 33 cm

This length of slightly blurred indigo dyed katazome cotton shows a familiar looking pattern with curious details.

The design is based on roundels or marumon set against a background of arabesque, a fairly traditional set-up where katazome design is concerned.

However have a look at the arabesque design and you will see that the curling lines terminate in a little "splash" of water, an unusual detail on this type of image.

The roundels represent the auspicious image of shochikubai or pine, plum and bamboo. Plum symbolizes courage since it is the first bloom to emerge under winter ice, pine symbolizes longevity and conjugal fidelity and bamboo is a symbol of resiliency as it bends but does not break.

An interesting length of katazome cloth and one whose details are intriguing.