A Length of Richly Designed Katazome Cloth: Folding Fans and Hemp Leaves
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
61" x 13 1/4", 155 cm x 33.5 cm
This long piece of indigo dyed cotton is dyed in the katazome method, whereby stencils are used as guides in placing rice paste on cloth in order to resist dye in prescribed areas.
This particular piece of cotton is really lovely and is rich in imagery.
The repeat image is that of gently cascading folding fans; stylized, faux-shibori asa no ha or the hemp leaf pattern; small sprigs of young bamboo; wonderfully strange cherry blossoms, each petal of which shows a swirling, high-contrast pattern.
The folding fans depict different, traditional design motives: the peony, tortoiseshell, pine and chrysanthemum--so you see, this one length of cloth is jam packed with traditional Japanese design images.
Important to note, too, that this length of cloth was resisted on both sides, done so to increase the clarity and brilliance of the resisted areas.