A Length of Boro Cotton: Two Katazome Patterns
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
56" x 13", 142 cm x 33 cm
This length of beautifully worn and faded indigo dyed cotton is hand woven from home spun cotton.
The indigo is beautifully faded and the long length of resist dyed cotton shows a complex and wonderful patten. It is a fancifully rendered field of interlocking circles and within each of these circles is a stylized image: one row shows a roundel of plum blossoms and the next row shows a variation on the chrysanthemum motif.
As beautiful as this is--and it is--it is the beautifully lyrical swath of katazome dyed cloth that crowns the top of the piece that is the most alluring: a pattern of blustery breezes knocking about parasols and maple leaves--can there be a more charming, traditional textile motif?
This boro cloth is hand stitched from four pieces of cloth upon which there is one, applied patch.
Rather irresistible, and a beautiful memory of old Japan.