A Length of Blue on Blue San'in Kasuri: Complex Images

$85.00 USD
early twentieth century
62" x 13 1/4", 157.5 cm x 34 cm

This gorgeous length of indigo dyed cotton kasuri or ikat cloth is typical of the type made in what used to be called San'in, which is now  present day Tottori Prefecture in western Honshu.   

Often in San'in gasuri you will see images designed as this one is: a striped background against which a weft kasuri pattern is woven.  

This particular length of San'in gasuri is complex in design and execution and the cloth shows two tones of blue.

The pattern shows a variety of images embedded into it, some of them difficult to discern. We do see plum blossoms, glyphs from an incense naming game, and strong, jagged diagonals.

The effect is attractive, the design is ambitious. The length is hand stitched from two pieces of cloth and this is a wonderful length of old San'in kasuri cotton.