A Soft and Faded Length of Katazome Cotton: Peonies and Two Patches
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
67" x 13 1/4", 170 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a beautiful length of indigo dyed cotton that has faded over time to a soft grey color. The cloth was dyed in the katazome technique, where stencils were used to guide rice paste onto the cloth before dyeing, thus resisting selected areas in order to create a pattern on the cloth.
The pattern shown here is peonies amid karakusa or a field of arabesque designs. Stippling or technique that yields a spray of small dots is used to further emphasize the soft effect of the this flowery and feminine cloth. This panel was taken from a futon cover and the proper "inside" is shown here as its design is more muted, and we think more beautiful, than the reverse side, or the proper "front."
Two small cotton patches are hand applied.
A simply beautiful length of old, katazome dyed cotton in good, used condition.