A Two Panel Katazome Boro: Asa No Ha Patch
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
36" x 26", 91.5 cm x 66 cm
What an attractive boro cloth.
The base cloth is indigo dyed cotton which was dyed in the katazome or stencil resist method, the image being a rich one, showing paulownia and chrysanthemum blooms amid a field of karakusa or arabesque.
The cotton is elaborately decorated and has become a bit thin in area, giving way in two particular placed where two small holes--shown in accompanying photos--have formed.
There is a really lovely, contrasting cotton patch on the bottom of this two panel piece, the cotton cloth showing the familiar and traditional asa no ha or hemp leaf pattern.
This is a really beautiful, old cloth, probably taken from a futon cover.