A Length of Indigo Dyed Tsutsugaki Cotton: Three Origami Cranes
ca. late nineteenth century
64" x 13 1/2", 168 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a panel of indigo dyed cotton that is dyed using the freehand resist dyeing method called tsutsugaki,
where rice paste is applied directly to cloth using a paper cone that
resembles a pastry bag. Wherever the rice paste is applied to the
cloth, dye is resisted.
Here we see a wonderful trio of images, that of three very subtly different origami cranes, beautifully rendered in line.
Look closely at each of the images of the cranes and you will that
each is just a bit different from the other; this slight difference is a
The condition of the cloth is good; it shows some patina from wear,
but the indigo is still deep and strong, and the undyed areas of cotton
are bright and clear, with the exception of extremely faint staining that can be seen on the white, resisted lines.