A Beautifully Complex Fragment of Narumi Kongata: Stenciled Dyeing
late nineteenth century
30" x 12 1/2", 76 cm x 31.5 cm
This is an absolutely beautiful, subtle and richly dyed length of indigo cloth which was dyed using a complex set of hand cut stencils in a method called Narumi kongata.
Narumi kongata is a type of stencil dyeing that, with the use of many stencils layered one on top of the the other, very often mimics the art of shibori dyeing.
The base of the fragment of Narumi kongata is a medium-toned blue. The background pattern of the cloth is stenciled to resemble mokume shibori, or so-called "wood grain" shibori.
Overlayed on this wood grain pattern is an ivy and gourd motif, the two designs connected by a lyrical, trailing vine.
Along one side of the cotton fragment is a slightly ingrained fold which shows a fairly darker, overall tone of blue dyed cloth, this section being about 1 1/2" or 3.75 cm wide.
Recommended. Just gorgeous.