A Length of Asagi Asa Cloth: Large Figured Tatewaku
ca. early twentieth century
54" x 12 3/4", 137 cm x 32.5 cm
What a beautiful length of katazome dyed hemp cloth. It is lightweight as it was taken from a summer futon cover, and it is especially beautiful for its pale, blue, or asagi iro color.
The pattern is also wonderful. It is a variant on the classic, Japanese pattern called tate waku, which is composed of vertically-oriented, regularly spaced undulating lines. In the case of this pattern here, the tate waku design is made of what appear to be stylized chrysanthemum stems, which relate to the overall field which shows richly drawn and resisted chrysanthemum blooms.
There are two small mending patches on this length which is in good, used condition.
For a bit more on this lovely--and translucent--length of old Japanese katazome hemp cloth, have a look at our blog posting here.