A Length of Unusually Patterned Katazome Cloth: Indigo Cotton
early twentieth century
31" x 13", 78.75 cm x 33 cm
This length of indigo dyed katazome cotton shows a large-scale and strange pattern: the design consists of cherry blossoms, clam shells and bamboo, all rendered in a kind of faux shibori.
The actual piece of cotton cloth is hand stitched from two shorter pieces which can be seen on the accompanying detail photos.
If you look carefully into this pattern you'll see that each of the elements has sub-motifs: the faux shibori on the clam shells is configured in the wave pattern and the tortoiseshell patter; the cherry blossoms are a frame which seems to hold a suggestion of willow.
The condition of the cloth is good but used, but the katazome is still very clear.