A Length of Katazome Cotton: Taisho Style Peacock Feathers
early to mid twentieth century
63" x 12 1/4", 160 cm x 30.5 cm
This fanciful--and "fancy"--length of katazome dyed cotton shows a repeat pattern of peacock feathers, a design motif that crops up occasionally in textile designs, usually on textiles of the Taisho (1912-1926) or early Showa era just thereafter.
This pattern is elaborate with its crowded, horizontally-oriented white-on-blue stylized feathers and this length was taken from a futon cover.
The dye is more than likely not organic indigo, although it may be partially so. Still, this is a wonderfully unusual length of cotton katazome and one that shows a rather exotic motif.
Of course there is some surface abrasion and overall light fading, but in general this is in good condition for a textile of this age.