A 19th Century Length of Plaid Cotton: Ito Aji or Thread Flavor
late nineteenth century
71" x 12 3/4", 180.5 cm x 32.25 cm
Ito aji, or thread flavor, that is, the wonderful textural quality that is emblematic of hand spun, old cotton yarns, is one of the most prized characteristics of old Japanese cloth.
This length of beautiful, low contrast, indigo dyed cotton plaid cloth is rich in ito aji, and it is very much the type of cloth that was woven in homes during the 19th century.
The large-scale plaid cloth is hand woven from hand spun cotton yarns and shows two mending stitches, both cotton, and possibly cut from the same cloth.
A simple and beautiful length of cotton from old Japan.