A Stenciled Length of Cotton: 19th Century
late nineteenth century
61" x 13", 155 cm x 33 cm
This is a very beautiful, stencil dyed length of cotton whose base cloth is wonderful, old cotton that is hand loomed from hand spun cotton.
The pattern is probably dyed using pigment-based dyes and shows a repeat of stylized chrysanthemums amid a field of arabesque, an often-seen traditional design.
The colors make it beautiful: the base is a rust color and the flowers are a darker tone of the same hue. The design is outlined in narrow black lines which creates a beautiful contrast in the pattern.
A really wonderful length of old cotton.