A Length of Rustic Hemp Katazome: Chrysanthemums and Arabesques
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
56" x 13", 142 cm x 33 cm
This length of thickly woven hemp cloth is meant for a connoisseur of this kind of rustic katazome cloth: it is always wonderful to find a length of resist dyed figured cloth such as this which is woven from hemp, and has age.
The indigo dye has gracefully faded, both from exposure to light and from wear: there is a decided surface patina which indicates this, and which, we think, adds to the beauty of this cloth.
The pattern is that of stylized chrysanthemums against a ground of karakusa or arabesque, a traditional design for bedding--this is a panel from a futon cover.
The hemp cloth is marvelously heavy in the hand.
You will note one, large hole that has been repaired by stitching a patch. This is not at all uncommon in old Japanese cloth like this one.
Simply beautiful--a rich reminder of old Japan.