A Gorgeous Length of Hand Plied Asa Cloth: Delicately Patched
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
56" x 12 1/2", 142.25 cm x 31.75 cm
What a stunningly designed and mended length of hand-plied hemp or ramie that was dyed using the katazome method. The resisted pattern is a vertically-oriented one showing sections of bamboo stalks and leaves.
The cloth is very drapey in the hand and the hemp or ramie fibers are hand-plied, which a real plus when considering old Japanese asa cloth. The pale blue color, known as asagi in Japan, is also pitch-perfect and very cooling to the eye. Studding the surface of this beautifully hand-patterned length are around 16 hand stitched, postage stamp-sized hemp patches, each one delicately stitched to the surface.
A simply gorgeous length of very good quality asa cloth, this is extra beautiful for its pattern, color, hand plied yarns and good condition.