A Group of Four Narrow Shibori Pieces: Indigo Dyed Cotton
early to mid twentieth century
far right piece: 73" x 6 3/4", 185.5 cm x 17 cm
two middle pieces: 52 1/2" x 6 3/4", 133.5 cm x 17 cm each
far left piece: 32" x 6 3/4", 81.5 cm x 17 cm
This is a really attractive group of narrow indigo dyed cotton pieces that were dyed in the shibori method; these pieces were extracted from a yukata, an unlined summer kimono.
The technique used is called mokume or woodgrain, and this mokume shibori is configured in such a way that it shows a traditional Japanese image called tatewaku, undulating lines that are also referred to as "rising steam."
The color is good and the technique is strong: this group is a very nice example of used, cotton shibori. Note the patch to the piece on the far left. The pieces do not contain two selvedges as they have been cut; there are ingrained creases from wear.