A Long Piece of Very Fragile Cotton: Resist Dyed Asa No Ha
ca. mid twentieth century
16 ft x 13", 4.87 m x 33 cm
As attractive as this long piece of cotton is, it is also that fragile. It is probably mordanted with iron or something that renders the surface dry and brittle--the cloth is easy to tear.
We are showing this length today because just because it is so lovely to look at and with the recommendation that if it is used in a craft project, it will probably be most suited to, say, laminating it to a firm substrate, using it in collage on board, or, maybe, adhering some kind of fusable interfacing to the back to boost its durability.
It cannot be used to make a garment or anything of that nature. The cloth will split.
Still, the repeat image is that of the classic asa no ha or hemp leaf pattern, this time rendered in circles and spots: just lovely.
Plenty of very good looking cloth for just the proper project.