A Length of Katazome Cotton: Medallions and Flowers

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
39 1/2" x 12 1/2", 100.5 cm x 31.5 cm

This is an unusual pattern for indigo dyed katazome cotton: the large-scale diamond-shaped medallions containing diamond flowers, peonies and chrysanthemums that are set apart in the arrangement we see here, the open space between them that is filled by tiny points and trailing vine, the round discs that seem to be formed of a stylized chrysanthemum that contains a phoenix are all interestingly hanging in the same visual space, but not entirely connected.

The effect is bold--and the medium tone of the wide areas between the large medallions softens what might have been a harsh effect.

This is a strange and beautiful pattern, one loaded with traditional motifs which are shown in novel ways. It is a pleasure to view and to explore with one's eyes.

In used condition this length shows the effects of light fading and some surface wear but its original design idea is still strong and clear.