A Short Length of Arashi Shibori: Angel Wings
mid twentieth century
34" x 13 1/4", 86.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a beautiful length of indigo dyed cotton shibori which shows a network of intersecting indigo diagonal lines.
This pattern, or this shibori dyeing process, is referred to as tatsumaki arashi, whereby folded cloth is compressed and fastened around a rope core, and if you look closely at the accompanying photos you can see resisted "blank" areas which shows where the cloth was bound to the core.
The fragment is taken from a yukata, an unlined, casual, summer kimono. There cloth is in very good condition except for ingrained creases which are left from its former life as a garment.
A really lovely length of shibori and one that shows an ambitious and desirable pattern.