A Length of Stenciled Cotton: Central Asian Motif
early twentieth century
40 1/2" x 13 1/2", 103 cm x 34 cm
This quite-faded length of stenciled cotton shows a slightly Central Asian motif, a repeat pattern of what may be thought of as forms foreign to Japan.
The cloth seems to be stencil dyed in pigment based dyes, the colors are a pale peach, black and a brick red. Look at the brick red horizontal lines that are used to enrich the vertically-oriented, bulbous repeat that dominates the pattern: the irregular lines give the impression that they are hand-painted.
The length is faded, as stated above, and there is also some ingrained dirt that dulls the color to the design. Still, it is a lovely length of cotton that shows Japan's interest in "foreign" or imported design motifs, in this case, it is probably invented or is a pastiche.