A Beautifully Faded and Distressed Length of Katazome Cloth: Interlocking Circles
ca. late nineteenth century
48" x 12 3/4", 122 cm x 32.5 cm
This length of beautifully worn and faded indigo dyed cotton is hand woven from home spun cotton, and the ito aji or thread taste of this length is very pronounced.
The cotton is gauzy, lightweight and clingy. The indigo is beautifully faded, which can be seen on the wear patterns which appear as horizontally oriented striations on some areas of this cloth.
The resist dyed pattern is complex and wonderful. It shows fancifully rendered interlocking circles and within each of these circles is a stylized image: one row shows a roundel of plum blossoms and the next row shows a variation on the chrysanthemum motif.
There is some surface abrasion to this length, one small hole, and some really delightful light fading, which enhances the soulful beauty of this fancily dyed length of old, hand loomed cotton.