A Beautifully Faded Jishiro Katazome Length: Shippo Tsunagi
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
60" x 12 3/4", 152.5 cm x 32.5 cm
This is a beautifully rendered length of indigo dyed katazome or stencil resist dyed cloth which time and wear has faded beautifully.
Blue-on-white patterns such as this one are referred to as jishiro, and jishiro dyeing requires a bit more skill and care than white-on-blue stencil dyeing therefore making this type of katazome cloth more desirable and usually a bit more expensive.
The pattern is that of interlocking circles or shippo tsunagi, a traditional motif that is meant to visually convey the seven Buddhist treasures. In the center of each of these circles there is a stylized chrysanthemum, an often seen motif on these resisted cottons which were used primarily for bedding. There is one, deeply colored, indigo cotton patch hand stitched in white thread to one of the selvedge edges.
A really gorgeous length of old cotton.