A Beautifully Threadbare 19th Century Katazome Length: Hand Spun Cottons

$80.00 USD

mid to late nineteenth century
44" x 13", 111.5 cm x 33 cm

This odd-shaped length of beautiful hand spun, hand woven, indigo dyed cotton is threadbare in areas and is pierced by some noticeable holes.

It is of very good age: it seems to belong to the very end of the Edo period (1603-1868) when designs like the one on this cloth were being produced. The soft patina, the faded indigo color and the hand spun yarns (just beautiful) are also clues to its age.

The pattern is mainly floral as it shows cherry blossoms, grasses and Chinese bell flowers. The indigo color is soft, warm and powdery. 

There are three mending patches applied to this length; it seems that this length was once part of a han juban or a half under-kimono.

Beautiful and recommended.