A Length of Beautifully Figured Katazome Cotton: Floral
early twentieth century
32" x 13 1/2", 81.25 cm x 34.25 cm
This lushly stencil resisted short length of indigo dyed cotton shows a repeat pattern that has a kind of Mughal Indian or Persian tone, probably a homage to the Japanese love of sarasa or Indian export cloth.
The basis of the design is a flower-laden arabesque; the flowers are detailed with a darker tone which looks black, but on closer inspection it seems to be detailed with bengara, an orange colored, iron oxide based pigment which, when overlaid on indigo, appears to be black.
The fragment is in very good, bright condition.