A Bolt of Indigo Dyed Shibori: Early to Mid Twentieth Century
early to mid twentieth century
approximately 12 yards x 13", 10 m x 33 cm
This is a bolt of shibori dyed cotton cloth, presumably dyed in Arimatsu/Narumi, a shibori capital of Japan.
The bolt or tanmono was intended for use as a yukata, an unlined summer kimono and the pattern shown here is that of a kikko or tortoise shell background dotted with charmingly rendered flowers.
The cloth is still puckered from the shibori dyeing process; the cotton is machine loomed and the indigo does not seem botanical. There is a small spray of pin head-sized stains (which looks more like foxing) about every 12" or 30 cm down the length--completely in keeping with what you would expect for something this age.
Still, old bolts such as this one are almost impossible to find these days, so this one is a small treasure.