A Length of Taisho Shibori: Yabane or Arrow Feathers
ca. early to mid twentieth century
56" x 13 1/2", 142.5 cm x 34 cm
This boldly patterned length of indigo dyed shibori shows a large, repeat pattern of a very traditional Japanese design motif, that of the yabane or arrow feather.
The large scale and the placement of the white shibori patterns against the deep, blue ground suggests that this kimono fragment was made in the Taisho period (1912-1926) where boldly graphic patterns like this were in fashion.
The actual yabane or arrow feather image is comprised of many, individually tied kumo or spiderweb shibori whorls: do note that there is some faint yellowish discoloration to part of the yabane which is due to wear. As well, note the crease to the length which is due to the fact that this fragment was taken from a kimono, and obviously the fabric needed to be creased to have been fashioned into a garment.