A Tsutsugaki Dyed Panel: Two Origami Cranes
ca. late nineteenth century
66" x 13 1/4", 168 cm x 33.5 cm
This is a panel of indigo dyed cotton that is dyed using the freehand resist dyeing method called tsutsugaki, where rice paste is applied directly to cloth using a paper cone that resembles a pastry bag. Wherever the rice paste is applied to the cloth, dye is resisted.
Here we see a wonderful pair of images, that of two very subtly different origami cranes, beautifully rendered in line.
Look closely at each of the images of the cranes and you will that each is just a bit different from the other; this slight difference is a lovely detail.
The condition of the cloth is good; it shows some patina from wear, but the indigo is still deep and strong, and the undyed areas of cotton are still bright and clear.