A Wildly Patterned Katazome Fragment: Indian Palampore Inspired Pattern
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.