A Length of Very Complex Katazome Cotton: Stylized Pine Bark Motif
late nineteenth century
36" x 12 3/4", 91.25 cm x 32.5 cm
This is a fascinating length of indigo dyed katazome cotton and one that is rich in sophisticated design and expert dyeing.
The pattern on this cloth is complex and beautifully realized. It shows a design which is structured around the pine bark or matsukawa bishi motif which is shown in a large format along the length of the cloth, both in "positive" and "negative."
The dark colored, complex diamond shapes of the foreground appear to be overlaid on a blue-on-white ground that is leafy and floral in design. The indigo blue pine bark motifs each contain a hana bishi or a stylized "diamond flower." The distribution of light and dark is masterful as is every element of this design. Light and dark--blue and white--is enriched by vestiges of red-orange dye that once was a strong visual element on the cloth but which is now faded and barely able to be seen.
There is overall, faint light fading to this cloth which is in good condition save for a tear to the an area near the selvedge, shown in accompanying photos.
A really marvelous length of katazome dyed cotton.