A Wonderful Length of Katazome Cotton: Kiri and Karakusa
ca. early twentieth century
43" x 13", 109 cm x 33 cm
This is a regal looking length of indigo dyed cotton which has been stencil resist dyed in the katazome method.
Taken from a futon cover this panel seems not to have been used, or if it has been, the usage would have been light. It is in very good condition.
The indigo is inky and strong; the undyed cotton areas are a bright white.
The repeat image is that of the kiri or paulownia flower oriented in two different directions. The background is an arabesque or trailing vine motif called karakusa in Japan. This karakusa is colored with a ochre-toned dye which was hand applied.
This length of katazome is rich in design and color--and there is a formal beauty to its design that belies its intended everyday use as bedding.