A Sakiori Kotatsugake Panel: Minimalist Color and Design
ca. mid twentieth century
53" x 14 1/2", 134.5 cm x 37 cm
This is a really gorgeous length of sakiori, a kind of weaving that uses shredded cloth for its weft yarn; sakiori is rag weave.
The thick, warp yarns are bright white cotton. The weft is mainly a deep blue cotton; the combination of indigo weft and white warp creates, from a distance, a rich grey tone, which makes this softly variegated sakiori length Minimalist in appearance.
This wide, thickly woven and slubby cloth shows three very subtle, horizontal bands of color; these bands seem embedded in the texture and color of this predominately grey panel.
Most likely this sakiori panel is taken from a kotatsugake or hearth cover. It shows one, subtle stain, about the size of a peach pit, which is pictured on the accompanying detail photos.
Beautiful and unusual. And recommended.