A Length of Overdyed Chidori Shibori: Brown and Blue
early to mid twentieth century
38 1/2" x 13 1/2", 98 cm x 34.25
This is a length of nui shibori, or shibori that has been shape resist dyed using horizontal rows of stitching.
The length was originally blue-on-white but it has been over dyed in what may be kaki shibu or green persimmon tannin which gives the cotton a slightly brittle hand. The cotton is thin and lightweight and if intended to be used in craft projects please know that its condition is slightly feeble and there are pin head sized holes here and there.
This kind of striped, stitched shibori is sometimes referred to as chidori shibori, possibly because the variegated lines appear to be the tracks left on wet sand by the plover, or chidori.
This length is taken from a yukata or an unlined summer kimono; as such, creases and fading from wear can still be seen on this length.
A lovely piece of handsome, hand made shibori with great color.