A Long Piece of Beautifully Patterned Katazome Cotton: Stippling
mid to late nineteenth century
69" x 13 1/4", 175.25 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a very good looking length of old katazome or stencil resist dyed cotton. The pattern that is resist dyed onto this indigo dyed cloth is complex and beautifully realized: half tones are achieved by stippling with dots of white, creating a dazzling surface contrast which is easily seen on the accompanying detail photos.
The pattern is based on floral forms. Both stylized peony and chrysanthemum can be seen on this length. These two flower designs are set amid a field of karakusa or arabesque, a traditional pattern often found on katazome cloth which was used for bedding, as this one was.
The overall condition is good for a length of cloth that is about one hundred years old.