A Tone-on-Tone Katazome Length: Karakusa and Well Covers
ca. late nineteenth century
43" x 12", 109 cm x 30.5 cm
This is a lovely length of katazome cotton, dyed twice in indigo in order to achieve the piece's sapphire blue-on-blue coloration.
The repeat pattern on this cloth is composed of traditional Japanese design motives: the field is arabesque or karakusa, and within roundels is the well cover or well crib design.
Shown in these photos is the reverse of the cloth, and this is done so in order to reveal the patch which is hand stitched to the edge of this piece. Note the loss of fabric to the patch, as well as a coin sized hole in the body of the cloth.
A handsome length of indigo dyed katazome cloth.