A Length of Faux Kasuri Katazome: Mosquito Kasuri
ca. early twentieth century
53" x 14", 135 cm x 35.5 cm
This is a thickly and coarsely woven length of indigo dyed hemp cloth which seems to be the type from Nambu which is in present day Iwate Prefecture in North Eastern Japan.
The cloth is patterned using the katazome or stencil resist dyed method: in this case, the resist dye is meant to mimic an elegant type of kasuri, or ikat, called kagasuri, or mosquito kasuri. This kasuri pattern is so-called because the tiny flecks of white allude to the size of a mosquito. Kasuri versions of this pattern are very difficult to weave well, so this kind of pattern is pricey as it required a great deal of skill and time.
A nice length of fairly coarse asa cloth, some subtle wear and one hole.