A Length of Indian-Inspired Katazome Cotton: Fantasy Flowers and Arabesque

$60.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
35" x 13", 89 cm x 33 cm

This short length of indigo dyed katazome cotton shows an intricate pattern that seems to be based on Indian trade cloth, a kind of textile that was popular among Japan's elite during the Edo period.

This length of katazome shows what seem to be fantasy-based flowers --three different types--against a background of trailing vine or arabesque.

The entire pattern has been highlighted in orange-colored pigment based dye, now quite faded as is the indigo dyed background.

This fragment was taken from a futon cover or a sleeping kimono: its intricately-crafted pattern makes it slightly unusual as is its exotic inspiration.

Beautiful.

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A Length of Indian-Inspired Katazome Cotton: Fantasy Flowers and Arabesque