A Length of Asamai Shibori: Beautiful Hand Spun Cotton Yarns

$85.00 USD

late nineteenth century
36" x 12 1/4", 91.4 cm x 31 cm

This length of cloth is said to be a type of shibori done in Akita prefecture in the north eastern region of Japan: it is said to be from an area called Asamai.

The cloth is almost gauzy in weight and is hand woven from luscious hand spun cotton yarns. The shape of the cloth is a bit distended from its former life: it seems this relatively thin cloth was taken from a furoshiki or a traditional wrapping cloth. The furoshiki must have been reserved for fairly special occasions as this type of shibori is a desirable kind that was no doubt expensive to buy.

The design is composed of diagonal bands of the interlocking circle motif. The field around these bands is miura shibori. Apparently the two tone effect of the interlocking circles was achieved by stitching a shaped piece of paper inside a fold and in doing this that area would resist some dye and create a mid-range tone.

There is a small, vertical band of darker dye running up the center of the cloth and there is a hole as well. Otherwise the indigo dyed is still rich in tone and the beauty--and relative rarity--of this kind of shibori is very much present.