A Complex Double Sided Katazome Length: Stippling
late nineteenth century
74 1/2" x 13", 189.5 cm x 33 cm
This is a good length of old, indigo dyed katazome cotton.
The pattern is beautiful: it is a repeat pattern which is enhanced by using many small, white dots of the same size and by stenciling the cloth on its two sides, making this a "reversible" cloth, of sorts. The repeat pattern is a lush rendering of a field of stylized chrysanthemums and paulownia leaves, each with trailing vines emanating from a central bloom. The background is studded with tiny, white dots.
The hand loomed cotton is heavy in the hand and the indigo color is still very deep and velvety--and is in good contrast with the undyed, white floral pattern.
Please note the faint stain shown in detail on the lead image as well as on the last image shown here.
A wonderfully designed length of resist dyed cotton from old Japan, and one with dazzling effect.