A Boldly Graphic Jishiro Katazome Length: Blue-on-White
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
68" x 13 1/2", 172.5 cm x 34 cm
What a lovely, graphic length of high-contrast katazome dyed cotton cloth.
This is an old length--composed of two pieces which are hand stitched together-- and it has been used hard as can be seen by the dozen or so small holes that dot the piece, the largest of which is about 1 3/4"/ 4.5 cm long. Please see attached detail photos, some of which show some of these small holes.
As well, this jishiro, or blue-on-white katazome, seems to have been stenciled in a rather hurried manner as dye has skipped some areas of the cloth, or some of the resist-dyeing has been smudged.
The motif is bold. The background is a repeat diamond motif with a stylized chrysanthemum at each point of intersection. Inside each diamond is large, graphically designed motif called melon or mokko.
Although there has been wear to this rustic piece of katazome
cotton cloth, the overall effect is one of freshness and vigor, and this
is a wonderful length of stencil resist cotton. One patch on the back of the piece.