A Length of Tied Shibori: Crowded Pattern with "Blanks"
ca. early twentieth century
40" x 12 3/4", 101.5 cm x 32.25 cm
This length of indigo dyed cotton shibori cloth is rich in texture: the dappled, shaped surface of this cloth is the result of it being firmly tied in little points over the entirety of its surface; once the entire surface is tied, it is dyed.
The pattern is crowded and shows a deep, inky indigo color. What is interesting, if you look at most of the accompanying photos, there are a few of the tied dapples which were not dyed, and they show simply as a "blank" which has still retained its peaked shape.
As well, look at the top edge of this length and you will see that the tie dyed design has morphed into a kind of kumo or spiderweb pattern on this top, narrow edge. Just beautiful.
A really lovely length of hand dyed Japanese shibori.