A Length of Unusual Katazome Dyed Kaya: Patterned Mosquito Netting
early twentieth century
70" x 12 3/4", 178 cm x 32.5 cm
This is an unusual length of cotton mesh kaya or mosquito netting. It is unusual because it has been katazome dyed--not at all typical for mosquito netting--with a repeat image of auspicious noshi and a shrimp. Noshi are strips of dried abalone mean to convey good or celebratory thoughts while shrimp are a wish for longevity since old people often become hunched-over in their later years.
The cotton is starched and the color is a light, warm green. The condition is good for it being old and used.
A lovely and unusual folk textile from Japan.