A Streaky Arashi Shibori Panel: Indigo Dyed Cotton
mid twentieth century
55" x 13 1/2", 139.5 cm x 34 cm
This is a length of indigo dyed cotton which was dyed in the arashi shibori method, a technique which produces many patterns depending on how it is manipulated, this one showing a dense, repeated pattern of small diamonds which is interrupted by sharp, dark gashes of indigo color.
The indigo is of a nice, warm tone, and the cotton--not hand loomed--is soft and of good quality.
This piece was taken from a yukata, an unlined, summer kimono, so it still retains ingrained creases from its former life. Also, there is are very faint, horizontal bands of light fading which pass through the cloth at regular intervals from side to side.
Presumably made in Narumi or Arimatsu, this is a fantastic piece of shibori for study, or to be admired.