A Densely Designed Katazome Length: Flowers and Arabesques
late nineteenth century
38" x 13 3/4", 96.5 cm x 35 cm
This deeply hued and beautifully designed length of indigo dyed cotton was resist dyed in the katazome method which uses stencils to guide areas of the repeat pattern which will resist dye.
The design is a vibrant one showing flowers arranged against a background of churning arabesque, the entire scene very lively.
An orange color highlights some details of the design. The orange was stenciled directly onto the cotton and the dyestuff is an iron-oxide based dye called bengara in Japanese.
Some mild light fading and some soft overall patina from wear, this is a really lovely length of katazome cloth.