A Hand Woven Fragment of Patched Kasuri: Large Plaid
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
42" x 13 1/4", 106.5 cm x 31 cm
This is a really attractive, and rather complex, length of indigo dyed cotton kasuri or ikat. The patterns in kasuri cloth are due to tying the yarns in selected areas before they are dyed--the tying impedes the saturation of dye into these selectively bound sections of yarn.
This length of hand woven cloth is lovely: there is an overall "windowpane" effect, these woven fenestrations are colored pale blue and pale orange, which is rather unusual, but beautiful. Inside these grids, alternating, are white-resisted squares, the overall effect being contrasting. Add to that, there are two mending patches to be found along the length