A Length of Katazome Asa Cloth: Faux Shibori and Maple Leaves
ca. early to mid twentieth century
55" x 13 1/4", 139.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a panel of katazome dyed hemp cloth, which means a stencil was used to guide rice paste onto the surface of the cloth before dyeing: the rice pasted areas resisted the dye before the cloth was submerged in a dye vat.
The design is cooling to the eye and shows maple leaves floating upon a languid stream, some of the maple leaves showing a passage of faux shibori.
The color is good; it is a light blue which in Japan is referred to as asagi. The hemp cloth is hand woven and this panel was taken from a summer futon cover.
There are a few clusters of faint, small snags and holes near the proper, left-hand selvedge, with a slightly more prominent (but still faint) hole about 1", 2.5 cm long near the top of the length.
A beautiful length of hand woven, katazome dyed hemp cloth.