A Length of Double Sided Katazome: Deep Indigo Blue
early to mid twentieth century
71" x 13 1/2", 180.5 cm x 34 cm
This densely patterned length of hand woven, hand dyed cotton shows evenly staggered, highly stylized chrysanthemums which are set within a field of small-scale karakusa or arabesque. The indigo dye is so dense it appears to be black in color.
And the white-on-blue effect is dazzling and bright because the cloth was resisted on both its sides, which means that this pattern is as vivid on the proper front as it is on the proper back.
Seemingly unusued, this cloth is in very good, used condition, and than hand of the cotton is tight, thickly woven and still very durable.