A Katazome Cotton Length: Imagistic Stripes
ca. early twentieth century
54" x 13 1/4", 137 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a length of stencil resist dyed, or katazome, cotton which was dyed in indigo.
The cotton may not be hand loomed, and it is still very sturdy to the touch. The indigo resist dyeing is a bit faded from light exposure and is a bit blurred in areas along the length, and the length shows evidence of being worn hard: it was probably once part of a futon cover.
It is figured in an interesting design: the pattern is that of vertically oriented, fairly wide stripes. The stripes alternate light and dark (primarily) and there are two variants on the "zigzag," one on the light stripe, the other on the dark stripe. Cross-shaped motifs, likewise, appear on the light and dark stripes in variation.
A good looking length of resist dyed indigo cotton, and one with a slightly unusual design motif.