A Short Length of Katazome Cotton: Fanciful Roundels
early twentieth century
40" x 13", 101.5 cm x 33 cm
This short length of indigo dyed katazome cotton is hand stitched from two sections, the top one having a vertical tear in it which can be seen on the accompanying detail photograph.
The lushly designed and imprinted repeat pattern is composed of fanciful roundels which sit on a ground of arabesques.
The roundels, or marumon, show both the legendary phoenix and its host tree, the flowering paulownia, which is the only earthly mount that the phoenix may touch.
The design is rendered in white and grey and the repeat is rich in tone and rendering.