A Length of Woven Cotton Stripe: Katsuojima

$80.00 USD

late nineteenth century
65 1/2" x 13 3/4", 166.5 cm x 35 cm

This is a patched length of old striped cloth whose gradient, complex stripes evoke the iridescent surface of the skin of a fish. Stripes like this are referred to as katsuojima or, literally, "bonito fish stripe."

The cloth is beautifully hand woven from hand spun yarns and it is still sturdy although it bears about 4 patches, 3 of which are shown on the images which accompany this post.

The color is rich and deep, the subtleties are there. This is a beautiful length of old, striped cotton cloth.