A Two Process Shibori Length: Underdyed Katazome Pattern
ca. mid twentieth century
40" x 11", 101.5 cm x 28 cm
This is a lovely piece of cotton which shows two distinct resist dyeing techniques: the base cloth was dyed using the katazome or stencil resist dyed method and, over that, a shibori, or shape resist dyed process was used.
The overall effect of these layered techniques give the impression of a surface found in nature, perhaps wood grain. The shibori technique in fact, is a kind of quasi mokume or so-called wood grain technique, so perhaps that is why wood grain is called to mind.
The base design of katazome is grey and white and the shibori over dye is indigo. By looking at the attached detail photographs you can see that this bit of cloth is from the end of the bolt as there are some pools of indigo dye which tell us that.
A wonderful fragment of cloth with good design and texture.