A Delicately Geometric Katazome Panel: Light and Dark
ca. early twentieth century
36 1/2" x 13 1/4", 93 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a lovely length of hand loomed cotton cloth that has been stencil resist dyed and shows a subtle and sophisticated pattern.
The katazome design is dominated by narrow, vertical bars which alternate white and blue. The background to these bars is a delicate mesh of intersecting blue lines, the total effect dazzling the eye.
Of special interest is that this cloth is equally clear on both sides, which means that the artisan who dyed this length stenciled both front and back to achieve this kind of visual clarity.