A Length of Stencil Resist Dyed Cotton: Paulownia and Arabesques
ca. mid twentieth century
88" x 13 1/2", 223.5 cm x 34.25 cm
This is a length of pale blue indigo dyed cotton cloth which is stencil resist dyed and shows a lovely and delicate all-over pattern of paulownia flowers formed as roundels which are sprouting karakusa or arabesques.
The lightweight cotton seems to be power loomed and it shows only one selvedge; most likely this narrow length was cut from a wider piece. As well, as one of the short ends is hemmed by hand--the other short end is creased--which makes it seem that this length may have been used as a noren.
Along the length of the cloth there are some small snags and holes. As well, there is a fist-sized, very faint, but prominently placed stain which can be seen in the accompanying photos. Were this piece be put to use in the service of a craft project, there is plenty of cloth to use, even if you work around the very faint stain.
A lovely length of figured cloth from old Japan.