A Pieced Length of Kasuri and Stripes: Abstacted Arrow Feathers
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
58" x 12 1/2", 147 cm x 31.5 cm
This is a very interesting assemblage of hand woven textiles which are hand stitched together: the entire length is composed of four separate pieces, three being an sparely designed kasuri, or ikat. The ikat is lovely: vertical lines whose color changes from white to ochre, in between which are groupings of small splotches arranged on diagonals. In fact, these resisted markings are an abstraction of the arrow feather or traditional yabane motif.
The top piece is a starkly patterned one and shows two groups of three vertical lines each, white against black.
Due to the hand sewn construction, you will notice the length has a bit of bend to it, which adds to its charm.
Beautiful, spare and unusual.