A Beautiful and Very Long Panel of Indigo Dyed Katazome: Cotton
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
75" x 12", 190.5 cm x 30.5 cm
This is a quite long length of very nicely patterned katazome or stencil resist dyed cotton which was dyed in indigo.
The pattern is a regular one that is based in good sized roundels that are spaced by a set of leaves arranged in a cross formation: the result when viewed from a distance is pleasingly regular and evokes a tessellated effect.
The ground is spare and is pricked by white dots. There is some evidence that bengara, an iron oxide-based pigment once provided color accents to this pattern, however these orange flecks have now faded and are almost gone.
Still, this is a wonderfully handsome and generously long piece of indigo dyed cotton, and one that can be admired or put to any number of uses.