A Short Piece of Jishiro Katazome Cotton: Complex Blue-on-White Design
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
35 1/2"x 13", 90 cm x 33 cm
This short length of eye-dazzling jishiro katazome--or blue-on-white stencil resist dyed cloth--is remarkably crisp, both in its material characteristic as well as in its design. The length seems to have been very lightly used, if it was at all.
The pattern is based on a hexagonal repeat which in Japanese design suggests the tortoise shell, a symbol for long life. Inside each hexagon are stylized flowers, and it is the stippling of white in all areas of the design of this cloth that gives this pattern life.
A wonderful length of old katazome dyed cotton in remarkably good condition.