A Reversible Length of Indigo Dyed Katazome Cotton: Unusual Pattern
early twentieth century
44" x 13", 111.75 cm x 33 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed katazome cotton which shows a very unusual pattern of amoeba-like clouds floating over a stippled ground. The "clouds" are checked and each one contains what seem to be a small cluster of camellias. Little satellites of these larger, biomorphic shapes seem to contain either a leaf or a morning glory.
The hand loomed cotton is of a very nice weight. The cloth was stencil resisted on its two sides creating a brighter light/dark contrast than had it been stencil resisted on just one side.
Please note the presence of a fairly centrally placed hole, the size of a tack head, about 2/3 the way up the cloth, dead center. A detail of this is shown on the accompanying photographs.
Very unusual and beautiful.