A Length of Indigo Dyed Shibori Cotton: Crowded and Lively Pattern
ca. mid twentieth century
55" x 13", 139.5 cm x 33 cm
What a richly patterned length of shibori. It is crowded with images and markings, and it calls upon nui or stitched shibori and miura shibori to create the floriform design.
The scale of the design is large and the markings are many. Although this is the work of a skilled yet standard shibori artisan, this particular passage of shibori bears a faint resemblance to the infamous and lost art of the 15th/16th century, a technique referred to as tsujigahana. Have a look here.
With its organic shapes and its slight-to-extreme variation in tones of blue, this is an unusual and beautiful length of hand dyed indigo dyed cotton shibori. A true beauty.