A Superb Length of Old Kasuri Cotton: Missing Warp and Patches

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth century
62" x 13 1/4", 157.5 cm x 33.5 cm

What a fabulous length of indigo dyed kasuri cotton--and one that shows some surprises.

The cotton on this piece is hand spun and hand woven, the fibers being soft and supple. This length was woven in San'in which produces a particularly beautiful pictorial kasuri weaving with a distinctive visual style. This length is a good representation of the kasuri weaving of San'in. 

It shows omoto or a Rohdea japonica, an ornamental plant that produces flowers and berries. It is not often depicted on textiles and the way it is depicted here--rustically and in a folk art manner--is beyond charming. Surrounding it are equally rustically realized butterflies and perhaps some kind of falling leaf or a strangely stylized butterfly, that is not clear.

Very odd is that the length is woven with missing warps which are plainly shown in the detail photos that accompany this post.

The length is made from two pieces that are hand stitched together and there are five mending patches to the length.

It is not easy to communicate how rare it is to seen the omoto motif woven into cloth and to see it done in this wonderful way makes this length something of a treasure.