A Length of 19th Century Katazome Dyed Chirimen Silk: Complex Dyeing
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
31" x 11", 78.5 cm x 28 cm
This is a length of chirimen or crepe silk which has been beautifully dyed in the katazome method, which is a stencil resist dye technique using hand cut stencils and rice paste as a resist agent.
In this case, since the pattern is complex as can be seen, several stencils were overlaid in order to achieve this complicated design and to add the further details of grey and black color to it.
The condition of this piece is wonderful, and this fine condition enhances the enjoyment of the color--a clear cerulean blue--as well as the very clearly resist dyed fanciful floral designs and the sayagata or swastika motif that provides a background.
Really lovely; this length of katazome silk is expertly done.