A Length of Beautifully Faded Katazome Cloth: Peonies and Karakusa
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
67" x 13", 170.25 cm x 33 cm
This is a beautifully faded length of stencil resist or katazome dyed cotton cloth which was taken from a traditional Japanese futon cover.
The length is faded all-over, and the fading is softly irregular from place to place. The pattern is that of a large-scale, stylized peony amid a field of karakusa or arabesque, the field being studded with thousands of tiny, white dots.
The color is greyish, the result of oxidation and wear over time, however the proper reverse side of the cloth shows more of its original indigo color.
The texture of the cotton is slightly gauzy and soft, and has a very supple hand.
A wonderful piece of folk cotton from old Japan.