A Length of Kasuri Cotton: One Patch
mid twentieth century
64" x 13 1/4", 162.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a good-sized length of kasuri-dyed cotton: kasuri is the Japanese word for ikat, a weaving technique where yarns are resisted and dyed before they are woven, thus producing a pre-determined pattern when finished.
The pattern here is lovely and of good scale, showing balooned, vertical zigzags, staggered vertically-oriented white bars and similarly placed hashtags, which in this case--of course--are a traditional Japanese motif, the well cover.
The indigo dye is very deep in tone and appears to be of black color; there is one hand-applied patch to this length, shown in the detail photos attached. Also shown in the detail photos is a small stain, not terribly noticeable when the entire length is viewed from a distance.