A Complex and Colorful Length of Katazome Cotton: Yellow, Orange, Blue
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
60 1/2" x 13 1/2", 153.5 cm x 34 cm
This length of cotton is hand loomed and is dyed in a complex, stencil resist technique called katazome.
The ground color of this old cotton cloth is an unusual, faded yellow. The figured pattern is one of delicately stylized hollyhocks which are colored in indigo dye and highlighted with touches of bengara, an iron oxide pigment which gives a brick red color.
Katazome cloth whose prime color is yellow such as this one is not easy to find and can be considered rare; there is one, hand applied patch to the length. Interestingly, there is evidence along the selvedge that this cloth was once machine sewn to other, like panels, which leads us to assume that such a beautiful cloth as this one was used and re-used over generations, well into an age where the sewing machine replaced hand stitching.
A simply gorgeous and generously sized length of old katazome cloth.