A Fragment of Double-Sided Katazome: Antique Spare Design

$60.00 USD

early twentieth century
30" x 13", 76 cm x 33 cm

This length of katazome dyed cotton was stencil resisted on both sides: this creates a crisp image with a good deal of contrast. The final detail image accompanying this post shows both sides of the cloth in order to illustrate this interesting point.

The repeat pattern is created from a spare design, and a curious one. Shown are highly stylized streams, folding fans, checkerboards and the suggestion of a hexagon which is a stand-in for a tortoise shell pattern, a symbol of long life.

The cotton is densely dyed and the undyed, resisted pattern is in good contrast to it.

An unusual pattern and certainly one for a collector of Japanese katazome cloth--this type of design is not easily found.

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A Fragment of Double-Sided Katazome: Antique Spare Design