A Length of Large Scale Katazome: Blue on White Peonies
ca. late nineteenth century
60" x 13", 152.5 cm x 33 cm
This marvelous length of large-scale jishiro (blue-on-white) indigo dyed katazome cotton is beautiful on both sides.
The lead-in photos show the proper front of the cloth, which was taken from a futon cover. The length is hand stitched from two distinct pieces and the pattern shown is that of large, flouncy peonies set against a background of karakusa or a trailing vine arabesque.
On the proper front of the piece the indigo color has oxidized and appears to be a steel grey; however, when the piece is seen from the other side, the blue is still quite vivid.
The reverse shows a ghost image of the pattern on the front of the cloth, and two mending patches can be seen quite clearly.
This is a very good sized length of old cotton which shows a really beautiful floral pattern on the front side, and a luscious, muted blue boro textile on the reverse.