A Length of Indigo Dyed Katazome: Shochikubai in Marumon

$75.00 USD

early twentieth century
27 3/4" x 13", 70.5 cm x 33 cm

This is a wonderfully designed piece of indigo dyed cotton that was dyed in the katazome or stencil resist dye method.

The pattern is based on roundels called marumon. In this case the marumon shows an auspicious set of motifs called shochikubai which is the design triad of bamboo, pine and plum blossoms, which conveys good wishes.  Plum shows courage as its blossoms, the first of the year, burst forth from under ice, the bamboo is resilience since it bends but does not break and the pine is a symbol of long life and also of a faithful marriage as its needles fall in pairs.  

Associated with these marumon are the crane and pine, both symbols of long life and conjugal fidelity, so we can assume that this length was taken from a futon cover that was offered to a newly married couple.

The length is hand woven from what appear to be hand spun cotton yarns.  It is worn and faded beautifully, the fading and wear exposing the beautiful, hand made yarns and showing a soft, warm indigo color.

In used, worn, condition, this is a simply beautiful length of indigo dyed katazome cotton that is beautiful in form and in meaning.


A Length of Indigo Dyed Katazome: Shochikubai in Marumon