A Length of Taisho Shibori: Tatsumaki
ca. mid twentieth century
49 1/2" x 13 1/4", 68.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a beautiful length of indigo dyed cotton shibori which shows a pale grey colored ground and a network of intersecting indigo diagonal lines. This pattern, or this shibori dyeing process, is referred to as tatsumaki arashi, whereby folded cloth is compressed and fastened around a rope core, and if you look closely at the accompanying photos you can see resisted "blank" areas which shows where the cloth was bound to the core.
The fragment is taken from a yukata, an unlined, casual,
summer kimono. There cloth is in very good condition save a few ingrained creases
which are left from its former life as a garment, as well as some very faint, horizontal banding of color fading. Very subtle.