A Length of Reversible Katazome Cotton: Cranes and Pine
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
43" x 12 1/2", 109 cm x 31.5 cm
This is a really lovely length of hand woven, hand spun cotton cloth that has been stencil resist dyed on its two sides.
The pattern shown is one of flying cranes and pine needles: both the crane and the pine are symbols of long life and marital fidelity. Cranes mate for life and pine needles fall to the ground in pairs, hence the metaphor.
The cloth is well-used with some surface wear, and it is beautifully rustic. There is an area of loss to the upper, right hand corner where there is also a hand stitched patch. Each of the short lengths is hand-finished.
A beautifully woven, hand dyed length of cotton from old Japan.