A Fragment of Rustic Shibori: Hand Spun Indigo Dyed Cotton
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
36" x 12 3/4", 91.5 cm x 32.5 cm
This length of faded and worn indigo dyed shibori cotton is just gorgeous for its rural appeal--and for the history one can imagine this piece contains.
The cotton is most definitely hand spun and is rich in what in Japan is known as ito aji or thread flavor. Each of the four, stark, resisted shibori designs is a crude circle that is probably dyed by stitching a piece of cut paper into the cloth in order that the paper resists dye.
By the wear and fading patterns it is quite clear that this length was used and recycled quite a lot, and this warmth from human wear enriches the simple beauty of this old shibori fragment.