A Length of Two Joined Kasuri Panels: Picture Kasuri

$175.00 USD

early twentieth century
71 1/2" x 25 1/2", 181.5 cm x 64.5 cm

The two patterns of indigo-grey-black colored dyed kasuri cotton of this two-panel cloth, in combination, create an complex and appealing visual effect.

The large-scale designs were no doubt woven in Kurume, Kyushu where such patterns are traditional. 

On the proper left we see a pattern of three well-spaced, weft-based kasuri cranes interspersed with geometric shapes of a sort that are typical of Kurume kasuri. The crane image is symbolic and auspicious as it is a conveyance of a wish for a long life and because cranes mate for life it is a reference to conjugal fidelity.

On the proper right we see the traditional motif of well covers and stylized pauwlonia flowers, staggered and in two columns. Paulownia flowers carry with it a regal significance and they also allude to the legendary and celestial phoenix as the phoenix alights on the paulownia tree, the only earthly matter it will touch.

The cloth is fairly lightweight and the combination of these two patterns is rich in visual interest and in symbolism.