A Beautiful Piece of Narumi Kongata: Stenciled Faux Shibori
ca. early twentieth century
28 1/2" x 12 3/4", 72.5 cm x 32.5 cm
Narumi kongata is wonderful cloth--it is complex in technique and it is intended to fool the eye.
Narumi is a town in Aichi Prefecture noted for its shibori production.
What also developed in Narumi is a multi-stencil technique of katazome
dyeing where the layering of stencils and resisting produced a cloth
that gave the appearance of being shibori. At first glance you may think Narumi kongata cloth is, in fact, shibori, but you have to look again to see that it is not so.
This length of indigo dyed cotton is exactly that kind of cloth: it is a false shibori, and it seems to be mimicking a dappled technique of shibori called miura.
The dye is very dense and deeply colored, and this is a beautiful example of tone-on-tone stencil dyeing.
The cotton quality is very good, with the exception of a few small tears to the left hand, middle, of the cloth.
A simply beautiful length of very special katazome cloth which is rich in age, color, design and technique.