A Pieced Katazome Length: Chrysanthemums and Arabesques
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
76" x 12 3/4", 193 cm x 32.5 cm
This long piece of stencil resist dyed, or katazome, cotton was taken from a futon cover.
Its design is quite clear and the contrast of undyed pattern to dyed ground is stark and rich: this is due to the cloth being stencil resisted on both of its sides, making it both "reversible" but also creating a very clear, precise image.
The length is hand stitched together from two pieces. The design is typical of the style used on bedding in old Japan, shows a repeat pattern of chrysanthemums, ivy and arabesque: the dark blue field is made shimmering by the placement of many dots or stipples.
A wonderful length of cloth in good, used condition--and noteworthy for its stenciling on both sides.