A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: One-and-a-Half Loom Width
early to mid twentieth century
43" x 19 1/4", 109.25 cm x 49 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed cotton which was dyed in the katazome method: the length is composed of one and one-half loom widths and is hand stitched.
The design is a murky and beautiful one rich in deep indigo color and showing an iteration of the interlocking circles or shippo tsunagi pattern. Interspersed within this field of interlocking circles are images of highly stylized pine trees.
The pattern is interesting because the way the pattern is resisted it seems to be embedded in the cloth: the resisted areas are dull and do not show a great deal of white, which offers a lovely visual effect.
The cotton is of good weight and the cloth is in used but good condition.