A Length of Katazome Cotton: Asa no Ha or Hemp Leaf Pattern
early twentieth century
26" x 13", 66 cm x 33 cm
This lovely length of indigo dyed cotton cloth was made using a stencil resist dye technique called katazome. This piece was taken from a garment; the ingrained creases near the selvedge edges of the cloth bear witness to this.
The mid-sized repeat pattern is a very traditional one: it is the hemp leaf or asa no ha design which can be seen on many textiles and in some architecture and furniture details.
The design, which is a network of diagonal lines, is made up of small dots and when seen from a distance gives a mist-like effect.
The cloth shows some abrasion and warmth from wear, the design is well-realized.
A lovely length of hand dyed cotton.