A Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Zigzags and Carnations

$75.00 USD

early twentieth century
52" x 13 1/4", 132 cm x 33.5 cm

This is a length of indigo dyed katazome cotton that is cut on one side of its center, the reason for this is that this is a length taken from a han juban or half-under kimono. The notched side is where the length would have been folded over the shoulder area.

The pattern is low contrast and unusual.

It shows a zigzag pattern over which is superimposed narrow stripes which creates a mist effect.

The zigzag pattern is actually shorthand for the traditional motif of arrow feather. Behind the vertical lines and the zigzags is a faint, repeat pattern of carnations, a flower not often seen in Japanese textile designs but one that appears from time to time.

Two patches equally distanced from the center notch anchor the length in symmetry.

A beautifully delicate and sophisticated pattern this is something wonderful with a great potential for home decor, for inspiration or to regard as art.