A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Complex Stylize Pine Bark Motif
late nineteenth century
68" x 13 1/2", 173 cm x 34.25 cm
This is a beautiful length of katazome cotton which has been dyed in indigo. The cotton seems to be woven from hand spun yarns, a desirable quality when collecting old Japanese folk textiles.
The design is complex: it shows a repeat pattern of stylized chrysanthemums and peonies that have been set into diamonds; these diamond shapes are surrounded by a jagged shape which is matsukawa bishi or a depiction of pine bark. The lines delineating these patterns are floral, the flower motif being a wisteria.
This is a wonderfully complicated pattern and the length is in good, used condition: the indigo is still deep and rich in tone and the contrasting white pattern is crisp.