A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Auspicious Vibrant Pattern

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
55 1/4" x 12 1/4", 140.5 cm x 31 cm

This is a length of indigo cotton that was dyed in the katazome method. It shows a bold, graphic pattern that is loaded with good wishes.

The pattern is that of cranes and tortoises which are depicted as roundels. Behind them, occupying the background, is a repeat pattern of noshi which is a bundle made of strips of dried abalone that is offered at ceremonial occasions to convey a wish of good fortune.

As you might image the tortoise is a symbol for long life; the crane is, as well. Where the crane is concerned, since the crane mates for life, it is also a symbol of conjugal fidelity.

Since this length of cloth is rich is good wishes, and since this type of cloth was often offered as part of a bridal trousseau, we can imagine that this was once an element in the package of gifts that would be given to a new couple to start their married life.

The length is used and shows surface abrasion and some light fading. 

A very nice length of old katazome cotton cloth.

A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Auspicious Vibrant Pattern