A Short Length of Katazome Dyed Cotton: Cranes and Flowers
early twentieth century
25 3/4" x 13 1/4", 65.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a lovely, short length of faded, indigo dyed cotton that was decorated in stencil resist dyed method called katazome.
Each of its two sides is shown here in order to fully describe the light fading that occurs: on one side it is obvious, on the other it is not. Still, by looking at both sides it is easy to see that the resist dyed pattern is equally clear on one side as on the other which means that each side was resisted, quite a daunting idea from the technical standpoint.
The pattern is a nice one, a repeat of flying cranes amid a field of long-petaled flowers against a backdrop of narrow vertical stripes.
The bottom of the cloth show a tear which is 3" or 5 cm long. The cloth itself shows a strong patina from wear.
Still, this is a really charming length of old katazome cloth.