A Length of Kurume Gasuri: Pouches and Geometry

$85.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
60" x 13", 152.5 cm x 33 cm

This eye-dazzling length of indigo dyed cotton kasuri cloth is of a type made in the area of Kurume in Kyushu. Kurume gasuri is known for its bold, geometric, high-contrast graphics and this piece is typical of that style.

This panel was taken from a futon cover which probably would have been composed of four or five of these pieces, each taken from the same bolt.

When constructed and laid next to each other the geometric pattern effect would be compounded and would create a complex field of bold design in beautiful formation.

What we see here is lovely--a repeat pattern based on large, complexly designed geometric shapes in contrast to an image of a pouch or purse that bears the kanji or Chinese character fuku or happiness.

The contrast between the very deeply toned indigo and the undyed areas is rich and the weaving is fairly clear.