A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Complex Pattern

$75.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
36 1/2" x 13", 93 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of fairly lightweight, indigo dyed cotton katazome cloth that was likely taken from a han juban or half under-kimono.

The pattern is full: the repeat of the geometrically pointed lozenge shapes is a design called matsukawabisi which is a reference to pine bark. Inside some of the pine bark shapes there seem to be springs of young pine.

A judiciously applied mesh of dots creates a softness to the overall tone and pattern--and this kind of visually-derived "mist" adds mood as well.

The length is in good, used condition with some light fading and faint surface wear.

Rich and beautiful.