A Short Length of Katazome Cotton: Faux Shibori
ca. late nineteenth century
22 1/2" x 13 1/2", 57 cm x 34 cm
This is a very nice length of indigo dyed cotton which has been dyed in the katazome or stencil resist method: it shows one mending patch which is taken from a shibori dyed brown piece of cotton and there is one lentil-sized hole to the cloth.
The pattern of the cloth is charming and light-hearted. There are soft, overlapping arcs of dotted lines--look closely at these lines and they seem to be trying to mimic ori-nui shibori or a kind of stitched shibori. In this field of overlapping arches are stylized blooms of what appear to be a kind of carnation.
A really lovely piece of old, hand woven, hand dyed cotton.