A Length of Katazome Cotton: Patched Jishiro
early twentieth century
54" x 12 1/4", 137 cm x 31 cm
This is a beautifully faded length of blue-on-white or jishiro katazome cotton that has been patched with three, stark cotton patches.
The actual hand loomed cotton cloth is lovely to look at, as is the resist dyed pattern that decorates it. The yarns used to weave this length appear to be hand spun, which is always a desirable trait when assessing old cotton.
The pattern is a repeat of stylized either hollyhock or spatterdock which has faded nicely to a grey-blue color. Each of the cotton patches is hand-stitched to the surface and the three act as strong visual punctuation to an otherwise softly colored length of cloth.