A Length of Complex, Beautifully Dyed Shibori Cotton
late nineteenth century
98" x 13", 249 cm x 33 cm
This is a stunningly good length of indigo dyed cotton shibori that shows two tones of blue and a complex design.
The undulating lines that are the backdrop for this design are a traditional Japanese pattern called tatewaku, often referred to as "rising steam." The blue and white "guitar" shaped shibori designs represent the gourd, while the three-pronged design seems to be stylized ivy.
The light blue indigo color or asagi iro as it is known in Japan is difficult to achieve and therefore it is desirable. The beautiful play of dark blue and white against this pale ground is masterful. These elements, along with the length's good condition, make this a fantastic piece of old shibori cotton.