A Length of Intricately Patterned Katazome: Rich Surface Design

$125.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
34" x 13", 86.5 cm x 33 cm

This elaborately designed length of cotton was dyed in the katazome or stencil resist dyed method.

Its crowded pattern shows delicately rendered arabesques or trailing vines with clusters of flowers that have been made to imitate tie-dyed shibori.

The background is dyed a deep, indigo color and the many orangeish-ochre highlights on the trailing vines and flowers seem to have been done with bengara, an iron oxide derived dye that is often used on katazome cloth in conjunction with indigo.

The condition is good with very little light fading or obvious wear.

This is a very good length of old katazome dyed cotton.