A Length of Beautiful Narumi Kongata Cloth: Chidori Pattern
late nineteenth century
33" x 12", 83.75 cm x 30.5 cm
This is a marvelously good piece of old katazome cotton which is dyed in indigo on cloth woven from hand spun yarns.
The type of katazome this is is Narumi kongata which is a multi-stenciled resist dye technique which often shows gradient color and often mimics the look of shibori. In this case it seems two stencils were used in order to get soft edges around the "shibori-ed" chidori or stylized plovers and some of the dots that form the background pattern of fundo tsunagi or interlocking shapes that are meant to represent scale counter weights. There is one mending patch to this old piece of cotton cloth.
This is an excellent length of cotton from old Japan, one rich in thread flavor, wonderfully warm, faded indigo color and a wonderful repeat design.