A Gorgeously Subtle Kasuri Panel: Weft Basted Ikat
early twentieth century
28" x 13 3/4", 71 cm x 35 cm
This dark toned, short length of hand woven cotton is just beautiful for its richness of color and its subtlety of design. It is a length of kasuri cotton which means that its yarns were resisted before they were dyed, so the textile woven from these these selectively resist dyed yarns yields a pattern which is manipulated by the weaver.
In this case, the pattern is a weft-based one which is dense and lush in dark tones. The kasuri yarns are low in contrast to one another and the overall visual effect is a textural, not an imagistic, one.
An absolutely beautiful length of hand loomed kasuri cotton, and one in very good condition.