A Length of Kumanozome: Stencil Dyed Moire

$115.00 USD
late nineteenth century
30 1/4" x 12", 76.5 cm x 30.5 cm

This is a fragment of a type of stenciled cotton known as Kumanozome.

Kumanozome refers to a place of origin, an area near present-day Okayama Prefecture: Kumano is well-known for producing this type of optically entrancing cloth.  

Kumanozome is immediately recognizable for its decidedly "Op Art" moire effect of undulating, crossing lines. Sometimes contrasting colors and values were used to heighten this effect. 

In this case, the moire effect is created by stencils: earth toned dyes, probably pigment or mineral based, were used to color the cloth.

As can be seen on the accompanying detail photos there is a tear to the top of the piece which is nicely patched and is illustrated here.

Note the length is faded and there is even and light surface abrasion, not at all unusual for cloth of this age.