A Large and Wide Finished Piece of Indigo Dyed Cotton Shibori: Large Repeat
mid twentieth century
48" x 28", 122 cm x 71 cm
It is difficult to convey the large size of this wide piece of shibori dyed cotton; from the attached photos you may mistake it for being a narrow fragment which was taken from a yukata.
Instead, this is an unusually wide piece of cotton, probably commercially woven, and one that is woven using a twill structure.
The two short ends are hand finished, which leads us to believe that this may have been used for something in the home, perhaps as a sleeping mat.
The shibori is large-scale, muscular and very dramatic. The indigo dye is velvety and rich, and the "arms" of the pattern reach out over the surface of the cloth with vigor and drama. Just beautiful.
The cloth is in good, used condition; there is a smattering of tiny, pale, brownish stains shown on the accompanying photographs and which are not easily visible when viewing the cloth at a distance. As well, the folded creases in the cloth are fairly ingrained.
Just wonderful, a gorgeous, graphic big piece of indigo dyed cotton shibori.