A Length of Subtle Weft Kasuri: Meiji Era Weaving
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
28" x 13 1/2", 71 cm x 34 cm
This dark toned, short length of hand woven cotton is just beautiful for its richness of indigo tone and its subtlety of design. It is a length of kasuri cotton which means that its yarns were resisted before they were dyed, so the textile woven from these these selectively resist dyed yarns yields a pattern which is manipulated by the weaver.
In this case, the pattern is a weft-based one which is lush in dark tones. The kasuri yarns are low in contrast to one another and the overall visual effect is a textural one even though the repeat shows a floral motif.
An absolutely beautiful length of hand loomed kasuri cotton, and one in very good condition.