A Length of Taiten Shibori: Wide Light and Dark Stripes
mid twentieth century
59" x 13 3/4", 150 cm x 35 cm
Taiten shibori is a type of shibori where the length of cloth is compressed along a series of stiff warp yarns before it is dyed.
The result of this process is as you see here: a series of small, regularly spaced blips of indigo that dot the entire length of this lightweight cotton, which was taken from a yukata or an unlined, casual kimono. This length of taiten shibori is interesting for its wide stripes, alternating light and dark, and for the dark stripes showing a different type of compression of the cloth than the light colored stripes.
The cotton is lightweight and drapes nicely. Also, because it was taken from a garment, this length has ingrained creases from its time as a kimono.
A wonderful length of old, shibori cloth.