A Wonderful Length of Shibori: Hand Spun Cotton and Complex Image
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
40" x 12 1/4", 101.5 cm x 31 cm
This richly colored length of hand spun, indigo dyed cotton contains a characteristic the Japanese call ito aji or thread flavor. The hand spun cotton fibers that were woven into this cloth give it a beautiful texture that is instantly recognizable and also very desirable when considering Japanese folk textiles.
The wonderful, shibori design is also something beautiful to behold and one that is not at all usual. Large, radiating diamond shapes are staggered vertically down the cloth. Interspersed into this abstract background are two stitched and stylized geese--very charming.
The scale of the shibori dyed elements in relation to the size of the cloth is very interesting and visually alluring. Also, the rustic nature of the woven cloth and the dyed image makes this old piece of indigo dyed cotton fairly rare and collectible.
Two pieces of cloth were hand stitched together to create this one length. Two small holes can be seen near the upper wing of the goose on the bottom, left hand side.
A rare beauty.