A Pieced Mat of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Tatewaku and Butterflies

$175.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
62 1/4" x 24 1/2", 158 cm x 62 cm

This fairly nice-sized indigo dyed cotton cloth is composed of seven pieces that are hand stitched together.

The large-scale design shows a background of wide, undulating lines, a traditional motif in Japan, which is referred to as tatewaku. 

In front of these lines is a repeat design of big butterflies, those on the left pointing downward and those on the right pointing upward. The entire design or pattern is sprayed with a fine, white "speckling" which adds to the visual appeal.

The dyeing is a bit rustic in that it is not what might be called perfect, and this quality adds to its charm.

This type of cloth was no doubt taken from a futon cover. Large repeats as shown on this cloth were often used on bedding.

This is a very charming design which is resist dyed onto a cloth which is in used condition--the white or undyed areas are slightly dulled from the passing years.