A Length of Elaborately Stenciled Katazome: Octagons and Motifs
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.