A Resist Dyed Cotton Sleeve: Family Crest
early twentieth century
44" x 13 1/4", 11.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a simple and beautiful fragment from an old kimono: it is the resist dyed sleeve of a cotton garment.
Obviously well-worn, the blue-green color of this thick cotton has faded and mottled from age. Prominent on the sleeve is a resist dyed and hand detailed kamon or family crest, in this case it is the kashiwa or oak leaf symbol which also has faded over time.
A very good piece for quilters or those whose art involves textiles with character.