A Faded Length of Indian Inspired Katazome Cotton: Hand Spun Yarns

$85.00 USD

late nineteenth century
64" x 13", 162.5 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of indigo dyed katazome cloth which shows an interesting repeat design which was probably inspired by Indian trade cloth which was a popular, well-collected commodity among Japan's elite during the Edo period.

This faded and scuffed length of hand woven, hand spun cotton cloth shows a variety of  exotic flowers in a tight repeat, the blue and white being highlighted by a stenciled-on orange color, the result of using bengara, an iron-derived dye, now quite faded

As can be seen, this fragment taken from a futon cover shows fading and wear, but its indigo is still a rich tone of soft blue and the cotton yarns seem hand spun. One patch is applied to the back of the upper right hand of the piece, and an attempt to show this can be seen on the last detail photo accompanying this post.

A wonderful little treasure.