A Length of Arashi Shibori: Indigo Blips
mid twentieth century
34" x 13", 86.5 cm x 33 cm
This is a length of unusually patterned and beautiful indigo dyed cotton shibori.
The shibori pattern is one that is rarely seen and seems to be based on dyeing the cloth twice, in two different directions, hence the intersecting, irregularly formed lines and the intermittent, dark blips that appear regularly all over the cloth.
This length was taken from a yukata which is an unlined, casual kimono. Therefore, because it was a garment for several decades before it was deconstructed, this length of cotton shows some ingrained creases. There are two very, very faint stains, each about the size of a coin, very difficult to see, on the center of the cloth at its edges.
Still, a wonderful length of shibori and one in a pattern not often seen.