A Length of Double Sided Katazome: Many Floral Images on an End Bolt

$60.00 USD

**reduced from $75.00**
early twentieth century
23 1/4" x 13", 59 cm x 33 cm

This length of indigo dyed cotton katazome cloth was taken from the end of a bolt--we know this by the square of white on the bottom of this length where there is some stamping done, presumably by the maker or broker.

The pattern is rich in images as it shows maple leaves, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, folding fans, peonies and pine needles--an amazing assortment of floral motifs. It is notable that the pairs of pine needles shown bears a significant meaning: as pine needles fall in pairs they are symbols of marital fidelity.

The cloth is stenciled on both its sides which, when done with an expert skill, creates a pattern of especially high tonal contrast.