A Length of Stenciled Cotton: Yellow Color
early to mid twentieth century
50" x 12 1/2", 127 cm x 31.75 cm
This is a length of cotton that has been stenciled with a yellow color, probably a pigment dye, with a resist pattern running down the center of the cloth.
The resist shows a repeat of two rows of encircled kanji which is bounded by a white line on either side and two in between them. What can also be seen is some kind of soft, greenish lines down the length, presumably some kind of guide line that was drawn on the cloth before it was dyed.
The scalloped edges of the length are the result of it being stretched by thin bamboo rods after it was dyed.
A lovely length of cloth in an unusual color--and with the strange orientation of the pattern, this is a cloth with an unknown intended function.