A Length of Faded, Patched Katazome Cotton: Indian Inspired Pattern
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
47" x 12 1/2", 119.5 cm x 31.5 cm
This beautifully faded length of katazome dyed cotton appears to be a kind of grey-green color with some washed-out ochre details. Originally this piece would have been a lovely combination of indigo, yellow and white, which is evident when viewing the selvedges which show the true, unfaded original colors of the length.
The pattern is a crowded one showing peonies and what seem to be invented flowers; the overall design concept seems to be based on Indian trade textiles which are well-loved in Japan where they are called sarasa.
There are two applied patches to the length, each one of the same katazome cotton as the base cloth.
A beautiful, fairly unusual length of katazome cotton.