A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Stylized Chrysanthemums with Faded Orange Details

$45.00 USD

early twentieth century
34" x 13 1/2", 86.5 cm x 34 cm

This is a length of indigo dyed katazome cotton which is stencil resisted in a cheery pattern. It depicts stylized chrysanthemums against a background of arabesque and a spray of small dots--really charming.

The pattern is accented by small, now very faded orange highlights, a dyeing concept often seen in old katazome cloth. Iron oxide-derived pigment or bengara would be hand stenciled directly onto the cloth to add visual interest.  As just stated, these orange details are now very washed-out of the pattern.

A lively and beautiful piece of katazome dyed cotton from old Japan. 

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A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Stylized Chrysanthemums with Faded Orange Details