A Wonderful Reversible Length of Katazome Cotton: Stippled Effect
late nineteenth century
74 1/2" x 13", 1895 cm x 33 cm
This is a good length of old, indigo dyed katazome cotton.
The pattern is beautiful: it is a repeat pattern which is enhanced by using many small, white dots of the same size and by stenciling the cloth on its two sides, making this a "reversible" cloth, of sorts. The repeat pattern is a lush rendering of a field of stylized chrysanthemums and paulownia leaves, each with trailing vines emanating from a central bloom. The background is studded with tiny, white dots.
The hand loomed cotton is heavy in the hand and the indigo color is still very deep and velvety--and is in good contrast with the undyed, white floral pattern.
A wonderfully designed length of resist dyed cotton from old Japan, and one with dazzling effect.