A White on Blue Shibori Fragment: Tortoise Shell
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
19" x 12 1/4", 48.25 cm x 31 cm
This fragment of indigo dyed shibori cotton seems to have been made in the Tohoku or north east region of Japan where spare, white-on-dark blue shibori is a customary form on this dyeing.
The pattern created by shibori is interesting, and modern. The pattern is that of dotted, vertically oriented lines in between which are diamond shapes, also made of dots. The rows alternate, and when seen from a distance, hexagons are formed; in Japanese design, the repeated hexagon is known as kikko or tortoise shell.
The fragment is in fine condition; there is one faint stain to one of the prominent white "dots" but otherwise you can say this piece is in good condition.