A Katazome Dyed Cotton Han Juban: Playful Pattern of Auspicious Masu

$195.00 USD

early twentieth century
24 3/4" x 26", 63 cm x 66 cm

This is an indigo dyed cotton katazome han juban or a stencil resist dyed half under kimono.

The cotton is of a fairly good weight and it is completely hand stitched. 

The charming, large-scale pattern that is intricately detailed is that of masu or square-shaped wooden box that acts as a grain measure, masu come in different sizes: you might have had the pleasure of drinking sake from a masu.

Because masu are used to measure grain or rice--the sustenance of life in Japan--it carries with it a symbolic meaning which is that of a wish for recurring, expanding abundance. It is an auspicious symbol.

This han juban has been worn during its lifetime. The cloth shows patina from wear and some overall light fading. The indigo tone has slightly oxidized from wear giving it a dull, blue-grey tone.

The pattern is utterly delightful and it is as full of charm as it is rich in meaning and good thoughts.