A Length of 19th Century Silk: Safflower and Indigo Dyes
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
29" x 7", 73.5 cm x 17.5 cm
This length of old silk is composed of three separate pieces.
Predominate is the long piece of flyaway weight silk which has been dyed in safflower or benibana, which produces a rich, orange color.
At top are two pieces of stencil resist dyed silks which have been dyed in indigo. The bottom of the two indigo pieces shows an over all repeat of flowers; the top piece shows butterflies amid flowers, the lyrical, swooping lines trace the meandering trail as the butterfly goes from flower to flower.
Probably taken from a yose juban or a pieced silk under-kimono.