A Length of Arashi Shibori: Horizontal Lines
ca. mid twentieth century
42" x 13 1/2", 106.5 cm x 34 cm
What a beautiful length of indigo dyed shibori cotton.
This length is taken from a yukata, or an unlined, casual, summer kimono, and as such, it bears some ingrained creases from a lifetime of use.
The irregular, horizontal stripes are the result of a shibori technique called arashi or storm shibori, as often arashi shibori is done on a diagonal and calls to mind hard-driving rain.
The stripes are lovely in their unevenness and one can see clouds of stray dye and where the cotton was creased before the cloth was dyed. Pay attention to the black stamped maker's mark on the top edge of this length.