A Length of Elaborately Stenciled Katazome: Octagons and Motifs

$95.00 USD

ca. late nineteenth century
71" x 13", 180 cm x 33 cm

This length of elaborately stencil resist dyed, or katazome, cotton is rich in complex design and pattern.  This is a piece of old, indigo dyed cotton which was most likely taken from a futon cover, a Japanese "duvet."

The pattern is composed almost entirely of small dots and shows a complicated, overall design of interlocking squares and octagons.  Within this lattice work are elaborately resisted floral forms and karakusa or arabesques.  A wave pattern can also be seen sitting within the center of one of the flower motifs.

The cloth shows patina and fading from wear, as to be expected from a well-used cloth of a hundred years of age, and its design and coloration are just lovely.  Note the patched area at the proper top of the piece.

A beautiful piece of katazome cloth.

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A Length of Elaborately Stenciled Katazome: Octagons and Motifs