A Length of Katazome Cotton: Repeat Pattern of Peonies
early twentieth century
65" x 13", 165 cm x 33 cm
This is a lovely length of indigo dyed katazome cotton, a dyeing technique whereby stencils are used to guide the application of rice paste on to cloth: the areas covered by rice paste will resist dye and will result in the pattern seen here.
The design here is a lovely and typical one: it is a dense repeat of peonies against a background of karakusa or arabesque. This length was taken from a futon cover as this large repeat was often used for bedding.
The indigo dyed is a nice, dull blue color and the cloth is in fairly good condition: please note a narrow area of light fading/staining on the top, left-hand corner of the cloth, shown in the detail photos which accompany this post.
A lovely length of old cotton.