A Length of Indigo Dyed Kasuri Hemp Cloth: Arrow Feather Motif
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
40" x 13", 101.5 cm x 33 cm
This length of indigo dyed hemp kasuri, or ikat, cloth shows a beautiful patina from wear, and some greying of the indigo due to oxidation and years of use.
The pattern is lovely and a very traditional one in Japan: it is a variant of yabane or arrow feathers, although it resembles what in the west would be called a "flame stitch" pattern, or something like that.
The surface of the cloth is nicely worn and there are several very small holes--almost unnoticeable--on this piece.
A lovely thing, and a very nice example of traditional Japanese kasuri.