A Length of Large Scale Jishiro Katazome: Blue on White
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
68" x 13 1/2", 172.5 cm x 34 cm
What a lovely, graphic length of high-contrast katazome dyed cotton cloth.
This is an old piece and it has been used hard as can be seen by the five patches applied to the reverse side of this panel. As well, this jishiro, or blue-on-white katazome, seems to have been stenciled in a rather hurried manner as dye has skipped some areas of the cloth, or some of the resist-dyeing has been smudged.
The motif is bold.
The background is a repeat diamond motif with a stylized chrysanthemum at each point of intersection. Inside each diamond is large, graphically designed motif called melon or mokko.
Although there has been wear to this rustic piece of katazome cotton cloth, the overall effect is one of freshness and vigor, and this is a wonderful length of stencil resist cotton. Some pinprick sized holes dot the length.