A Length of Nagoya Sarasa: Tatewaku
early to mid twentieth century
36 1/2" x 13 1/2", 93 cm x 34.25 cm
This beautiful length of old cotton is stenciled using synthetic dyes--this kind of large-scale figured cloth is referred to as Nagoya sarasa.
The cotton is of good quality and the dyeing is hand-done, which is clear when looking at the small flaws that are evidence of hand work.
The pattern is that of large-scale, traditional Japanese pattern called tatewaku or rising steam. In this case, the design and patterning show very clearly the influence of Western design. The rendering of the flowers and overall concept shows the presence of European style which is one of the alluring aspects of this length of cloth.
Please note a small tear to the piece shown on the accompanying detail photos.
A beautiful length of hand patterned cotton cloth.