A Complex and Delicately Dense Katazome Pattern: Indigo Dyed Cotton
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
57" x 13", 145 cm x 33 cm
This is a lovely length of katazome or stencil resist dyed cotton cloth, the stencil resisting done in indigo.
The pattern is dense yet delicate: it shows a repeat design of highly stylized chrysanthemums which are set against a background of karakusa or arabesque: the ground is completely stippled in very small dots, creating a mist effect.
The indigo has softened and oxidized over time and is now a grey color, not uncommon for katazome cloth of this age.
A very elegant pattern of katazome and a very nice example of this resist dyeing technique.