A Length of Mokume Shibori: Languid Stream
mid twentieth century
59" x 12 1/2", 150 cm x 31.5
This is a gorgeous length of mid century shibori which used a synthetic indigo on a machine loomed cotton. The pattern is beautiful: it appears to be the suggestion of a gently flowing stream which was created using the mokume or woodgrain shibori techinque. The result is striking.
The pattern is even and regular from the top of the length to the bottom. The lightweight cotton is a very clear white, which may not be obvious from these photographs in which the cotton may appear to have a yellowish cast: in reality, the cotton is stark white.
As this length was taken from a yukata which is a casual, unlined, cotton kimono, there are ingrained creases from its decades of use as such.
But this is a wonderful pattern, with strong graphic appeal and an expertly--and finely--done mokume shibori.