A Length of Indigo Dyed Katazome Cotton: Rich Symbolism

$65.00 USD

late nineteenth century
29" x 13", 73.5 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of hand woven indigo dyed katazome cotton whose pattern is rich in auspicious symbolism.

The design shows a repeat of tortoises amid sprays of pine blossoms and bamboo leaves, the three images--tortoise, plum and bamboo--are each symbolic and the symbolism of each is very clear to Japanese people.

The plum is the first bloom to burst forth from the winter's ice and is symbol of strength, the bamboo bends but does not break so it is a symbol of resilience. Tortoises, of course, beg a conveyance for a wish for a long life.

The cotton is nicely hand woven and the indigo dye is still strong in tone and color.

This is a length of katazome cloth loaded with powerful, auspicious symbols--enjoy it.