A Very Beautiful Length of Katazome Cotton: Complex Shippo Tsunagi Pattern
ca. late nineteenth century
70" x 13 3/4", 177.75 cm x 34.75 cm
This is an especially handsome length of indigo dyed katazome cotton, katazome being a stencil resist technique and one of old Japan's most popular methods for decorating cloth.
Taken from a futon cover, this length is composed of two pieces which are hand stitched together to create this entire piece.
The design is complex and beautiful. The interlocking circles is a traditional Chinese/Japanese design which in Japan is called shippo tsunagi. The resisted circles are created using a stylized wisteria motif. Inside each of the circles is a chrysanthemum design which is partially and selectively tinted black as are other areas of this length.
These is one small mending patch and a bit of light fading at both of the short ends, but overall, this length of gorgeous katazome cloth is in very good condition.