A Long Indigo Dyed Hemp Kaya: Flower Pattern Patch
ca. early to mid twentieth century
80" x 13", 203 cm x 33 cm
This is a long piece of indigo dyed kaya, which is a loosely woven hemp fabric that was used in old Japan as mosquito netting. This single panel was taken from a larger piece, a tent, that would have hung around the sleeping area of one or more people in order to protect them from the swarms of mosquitoes that plague Japan during its hot, humid summers.
The condition of this length is very good, and the rich, warm, blue color is notable.
What adds charm to this beautiful piece of indigo dyed hemp cloth is one, lone silk patch that is imprinted with a floral design in black, blue, red and white colors. Next to the patch is a small, hand stitched repair.
A wonderful piece; a lovely old length of kaya.