A Piece of Indigo Dyed Katazome Cotton: Rare Depiction of Stylized Grapes
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
25" x 13", 63.5 cm x 33 cm
This fanciful repeat pattern of stylized grapes and grape leaves is an unusual one in the lexicon of Japanese katazome dyeing--and the rendering of this pattern is fanciful and very attractive.
The design has a light-hearted feeling as there are clusters of grapes which are depicted as gradient-sized white dots; some of the leaves are surrounded by a haze of white specks that seem to give off light. Other leaves house another motif, that of the hemp leaf, a common design pattern in Japanese craft.
The length is hand woven of hand spun cotton and this is a wonderful opportunity to own a strikingly unusual katazome design, one that is very rarely seen.