A Very Good Katazome Length: Overdyed Indigo and Iron Oxide
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
26" x 6 1/2", 66 cm x 16.5 cm
This short length of cotton--and it is a fragment which shows just one selvedge--is a fantastic piece of old katazome or surikomi dyeing.
The threads of this piece are wonderfully hand spun; the texture of the hand loomed cotton is everything you would want to see in an old piece of cotton from Japan: hand made cloth from the spinning of the yarn to the dyeing of the cloth.
The karakusa or arabesque pattern is accented with stylized chrysanthemums. This red pattern is applied to the cloth using stencils, the dye substance being called bengara, a kind of iron oxide.
A fantastic, serious piece of cloth for the collector of Japanese folk textiles or for one who is deeply interested in stenciled Japanese cloth.