A Pieced Square of 19th Century Katazome Silk: Edo Komon Patches
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
42" x 45", 107 cm x 114. 25 cm
This an interesting pieced cloth, hand stitched from 13 separate pieces of the same fabric, a twice-dyed katazome silk, blue-on-blue.
The cloth itself bears a wonderful, complex pattern: it is a crowded mixture of stylized hemp leaves or asa no ha and cherry blossoms-within-cherry blossoms, and inside some cherry blossoms are karakusa or a kind of arabesque motif.
The silk is very lightweight, like a lining silk. The reverse of this patterned silk nicely shows the unifinished seams of the pieced material. Also, it shows two, small patches of Edo komon, a type of small figured, stenciled cloth which was very popular during the early-to-mid 19th century.
A lovely and subtle textile, with a great deal of age and soft spoken complexity.