A Fantastic Length of Katazome: Bengara Orange Details
ca. late nineteenth century
51" x 13", 129.5 cm x 33 cm
This softly faded and beautifully worn length of indigo cotton is dyed in the katazome or stencil resist dyed technique and was most likely taken from a nineteenth century futon cover.
The crowded repeat pattern is lush: stylized chrysanthemums are set against a background of karakusa or an arabesque motif which is often seen on this kind of cloth.
The orange colored details are applied by hand using bengara, a colorant derived from iron oxide which, again, is often used to add life and color to katazome cloth.
This is an especially nice length of katazome cotton, in good, worn condition, whose color has softened over time.