A Lovely Piece of Antique Katazome Cotton: Butterflies, Peonies and Sayagata
ca. late nineteenth century
28" x 13", 71 cm x 33 cm
This is a lovely and old piece of indigo dyed katazome cotton--and please note that the colors shown here are a bit misleading. This textile is very much blue and white; on the photos here some of the whites, unfortunately, read quite yellow.
The images on this length of cloth are often used on textiles, and are almost of this season: fluttering butterflies and peonies figure in to many folk textiles, and also more formal textiles, as well.
The butterflies and peonies are set in a field of the borrowed Chinese pattern which the Japanese call sayagata. Sayagata is a pattern of interlocking swastikas, which, in Japan, Korea and China, is a Buddhist symbol, and in India is often seen on Hindu temples--in these situations the swastika carries with it benevolent and powerful associations.
One small hole to this piece of cloth, otherwise in fine shape.