A Faded Length of Stenciled Cotton: Chrysanthemums
early twentieth century
56 1/2" x 12 1/4", 143.5 cm x 28.5 cm
This length of stenciled cotton has been heavily starched to the point it almost feels like paper. But it shows a beautiful pattern of stylized chrysanthemums against a background of arabesques.
The tonal range of this length is close and hovers within a spectrum of faded maize, ochre and coral colors: just beautiful.
This length of cotton was taken from a futon cover and is typical of the kind of pattern found on bedding material in old Japan.