A Length of Beautiful Shibori: Three Techniques
ca. early twentieth century
53" X 13 1/4", 134.5 cm X 33.5 cm
This is a beautiful length of old shibori which is dyed onto cotton that has been hand woven from hand spun yarns.
Shown is both sides of the cloth; the proper, reverse side shows an applied patch, on the proper front side of the cloth there is little evidence of this mending.
The shibori techniques used to create the patterns on this cloth are interesting: the mottled fields of blue are made of a tie-dyed technique called miura. The sharp, white, diagonal dividing lines are achieved by stitching. The pod-shaped images--actually a riff on the traditional shippo tsunagi or interlocking circles motif--is done by sewing a piece of paper into the cloth before it is dyed in order to get that pale blue color which is contained within the pod shape.
This is a really fantastic, complex and richly dyed length of shibori, and one that has good age, good threads, and very good condition.