A Length of Indigo Dyed Hemp or Ramie Katazome Cloth: Cranes and Peonies
early to mid twentieth century
61" x 13", 155 cm x 33 cm
This inky blue length of stencil resist or katazome cloth is woven from asa or bast fiber, either hemp or ramie, and the fabric is heavy and drapes beautifully in the hand.
The dye is so rich and deeply toned that the cloth appears never to have been used.
The resist dyed pattern is a classic type which was imprinted onto cloth that was destined to become bedding (this panel was taken from a futon cover).
The pattern shows cranes rendered in roundels amid a background of arabesques and peonies: really charming and beautifully animated.
A wonderful piece of katazome cloth which is made a bit more special because it is woven from asa, a kind of cloth that's a favorite among Japanese folk textile enthusiasts.