A Length of Bold Shibori: Crinkled Hand Spun Cotton
early to mid twentieth century
84" x 9 1/4", 213.5 cm x 23.5 cm
This is an absolutely beautiful length of rustic, indigo dyed cotton shibori.
It is quite a long piece and it was hand woven from hand spun cotton; the feel of the cloth is rich and supple. There is a curious condition to the cloth: it is crinkled, obviously due to having been used in a particular way, but its use in its former life is unknown.
The pattern is bold, graphic and regular. The indigo dye is of a deep, sapphire color and the resist dyed areas show a slightly blue cast, and in certain cases there is an extremely faint, almost undetectable coffee colored cast to areas of the undyed shibori. This shibori was most likely made in Japan's Tohoku or its rural Northeast region.
Because of its length, and because it is crinkled, this would make a fantastic scarf--the cotton is strong and the indigo color is vibrant.
A really wonderful length of old shibori.