A Length of Katazome Cotton: Interlocking Circles
ca. late nineteenth century
56" x 14", 142 cm x 35.5 cm
This handsome length of indigo dyed cotton cloth was dyed in the stencil resist or katazome method. It is a fragment of a cloth taken from a futon cover.
The pattern is that of interlocking circles, called shippo tsunagi a traditional motif that is meant to visually convey the seven Buddhist treasures. In the center of each of these circles there seems to be a highly a stylized chrysanthemum form, unusually rendered in undulating, outwardly radiating lines.
It seems that every other column of chrysanthemums may have once been tinted with either a yellow or orange color as there is the faintest possible vestige of this tone which is barely perceptible.
A lovely length of old, traditional Japanese bedding cotton.