A Katazome Length: Stylized Chrysanthemums Amid a Field of Points
ca. early twentieth century
62" X 13 1/4", 157.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed cotton cloth which has been dyed in the stencil resist method called katazome.
Because the design of the background of this pattern is composed of innumerable, small, white dots, the surface of this cotton cloth has an almost light-shimmering quality. Amid this dotted background there is a field of stylized chrysanthemums and arabesques, a typical pairing of motifs for cotton used for bedding, which this piece was.
The color of the indigo dye has softened and oxidized over time yielding a medium, grey-blue tone; by looking at the selvedge edges of the cloth, which were turned under when they were stitched and were not exposed to light, you can see the original, bright tone of indigo.
Some light fading and some faint, overall surface wear, this is a really lovely and beautifully designed length of katazome cotton from old Japan.