A Wildly Patterned Katazome Fragment: Indian Palampore Inspired Pattern

$85.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
37" x 13", 94 cm x 33 cm

This is a short length of indigo dyed katazome cloth which shows an interesting repeat design which was probably inspired by Indian trade cloth which was a popular, well-collected commodity among Japan's elite during the Edo period.

This cloth shows a variety of  exotic flowers in a tight repeat, the blue and white being highlighted by a stenciled-on orange color, the result of using bengara, an iron-derived dye.

As can be seen, this fragment taken from a futon cover shows fading and wear, but its indigo is still a rich tone of blue and the cotton yarns seem hand spun.

A wonderful little treasure.

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A Wildly Patterned Katazome Fragment: Indian Palampore Inspired Pattern