A Beautiful Length of Pale Blue-on-White Hemp or Ramie Cloth: Katazome
early to mid twentieth century
69" x 12 3/4", 175.25 cm x 12.25 cm
As is immediately obvious from scanning the photos that accompany this post, the length of indigo dyed hemp or ramie cloth shown here is beautifully poetic in its delicate depiction of large-scale pine needles and leafy fronds.
The play of blue-on-white is really lovely and the delicacy of the image is enhanced by the blue color being such a pale shade: it is almost a sky blue. Also, the density of the stylized pattern is drawn in a way that it gives a lacy effect, further making an ethereal image.
In good condition, this cloth was probably used on a summer futon cover.