A Length of Extremely Beautiful 19th Century Egasuri: San'in Weaving
late nineteenth century
53" x 13", 134.5 cm x 33 cm
The age and the beautiful hand spun cotton yarns of this length of indigo dyed striped and kasuri cloth add to its beauty, which is undeniable. This cloth seems to have been woven in Japan's Sani'in region, known for weaving of this type.
The cloth shows repeating, dark bands of indigo dyed cotton that host an egasuri vignette of a fish (possibly a carp) and a stream; this vignette is reversed on alternating bands.
The warp-based striping is narrow and lovely and adds a delicate background to the bold bands of egasuri--a wonderful detail and an essential ingredient to the beauty of this cloth.
The back of this cloth shows to small mending patches, obviously placed there well after the cloth was woven.