A Very Patched Hemp Katazome Length: Broken Shippo Tsunagi Pattern
ca. late nineteenth century
62" x 12 3/4", 157.5 cm x 32.5 cm
What a lovely thing.
This is a length of katazome, or stencil resist dyed, hemp or ramie cloth whose pattern is a variant on the classic Buddhist motif called shippo, which is a design of interlocking circles and is meant to symbolize the "seven treasures" or gold, silver, crystal, coral, agate, pearl and lapis lazuli.
The cloth is in wonderful condition, and the coloration is a kind of soft blue/grey/black.
The entire length is studded with mainly blue, square-shaped cotton patches, 13 in all. This flurry of patches over such a wonderful, traditional Japanese motif is a visual treat.
A wonderful piece of cloth for the boro or katazome collector.