A Length of Rustic Cotton Katazome: Roundels and Arabesque
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
72" x 12 1/4", 183 cm x 31 cm
This length of indigo cotton is dyed in the stencil resist method called katazome. The resist dyed pattern on the cloth is a repeat of stylized cranes and paulownia flowers, rendered as marumon or roundels, against a background of trailing vine or karakusa, an arabesque design.
This length is characterized as "rustic" because the resist dyeing is not perfectly done: as can be seen by the accompanying photographs, there is some bleeding, blurring and skidding of the resist which creates an imperfect appearance to the finished pattern. The botanical indigo has aged beautifully over time, mellowing into a oxidized grey-blue color; the cotton base cloth is hand woven.
There is a shot of white stitching going up part of one of the selvedge ends, and a loosely applied patch.
A good-looking country textile with good age and character.