A Length of Starkly Designed Kasuri: Cranes
mid twentieth century
65" x 13", 165 cm x 33 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed cotton that has been dyed in the kasuri method, a technique where yarns are bound before dyeing in order to resist areas to be woven. Once woven properly, the dyed and undyed areas of yarn form an image or a pattern on the finished cloth.
This piece of cotton was undoubtedly taken from a futon cover and it most probably was woven in Kurume, an area in Kyushu known for its boldly geometric and picture kasuri, of which this piece is a good example.
Three white squares are interspersed between three cranes, the crane being a symbol of long life.
The undyed cotton is still very bright white and the indigo color is still strong. The cloth is a wonderful contrast of bold geometry against well-executed pictorial image. It is beautifully done.
Just lovely and in good, used condition.