A Two Tone Katazome Length: Pale and Dark Blue
ca. late nineteenth century
31" x 13", 78.5 cm x 33 cm
This is a really lovely length of hand woven cotton cloth which has been dyed in the stencil resist dyed method called katazome.
The cloth was first dyed in a very pale indigo color which was then resisted and dyed again in indigo, resulting in the blue-on-blue color combination which can be seen in the accompanying detail photographs.
The image is a bold one: a very tangled karakusa or arabesque is the backdrop for a repeat pattern of peonies. No doubt this cloth is a fragment taken from a futon cover, as this pattern is typical of what was used for bedding.
The hand spun cotton cloth is of good quality and is in good condition, as is the dyed pattern.