A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Stippled Pattern
late nineteenth century
73" x 13", 185.5 cm x 33 cm
This is a good length of old, indigo dyed katazome cotton.
The pattern is beautiful: it is a repeat pattern created entirely from small, white dots of the same size. The repeat pattern is a lush rendering of a field of stylized chrysanthemums, each with trailing vines emanating from a central bloom. The background, too, is studded with tiny, white dots making the overall visual effect hazy.
The hand loomed cotton is heavy in the hand and has the feel of a lightweight canvas.
As can be seen on the accompanying photos, the top section of the cloth bears some fading and slight discoloration from wear. Also, as can be seen on the top, short side of the cloth, there is a katazome mending patch just at the top edge of this long piece of katazome cotton.
A wonderfully designed length of resist dyed cotton from old Japan.