A Length of Indigo Dyed Arashi Shibori: Dark Streaks
mid twentieth century
46" x 13 1/2", 117 cm x 34 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed cotton which was dyed in the arashi shibori method, a technique which produces many patterns depending on how it is manipulated, this one showing a dense, repeated pattern of small diamonds which is interrupted by sharp, dark gashes of indigo color.
The indigo is of a nice, warm tone, and the cotton--not hand loomed--is soft and of good quality.
This piece was taken from a yukata, an unlined, summer kimono, so it still retains ingrained creases from its former life. Also, there is a line of light fading which passes through the center of this length from side to side.
Presumably made in Narumi or Arimatsu, this is a fantastic piece of shibori for study, or to be admired.