A Length of Large Scale Katazome Flowers: Bengara Highlights

$105.00 USD

late nineteenth century
35" x 13", 89 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of old, indigo dyed katazome cloth which is hand woven from hand spun cotton yarns--it is this detail that adds a good dash of beauty to this length.

The most noticeable feature of this length is the large-scale flowers that are highlighted with an iron oxide-derived pigment dye called bengara in Japan. The amount of bengara applied to this length is very generous, more so than in most cases. This adds a kind of showy aspect to the pattern, not very usual in old Japanese bedding designs. This length was taken from a futon cover.

The home spun cotton yarns are the foundational detail that makes this old length beautiful, and it is one of the most important features when attributing cultural value to a piece of old Japanese cotton.

Beautifully designed and executed, this faded and slightly abraded length of cloth is a great addition to any collection. Please note the stain/soil from wear shown in the last detail photo here.