An Elaborate Katazome Length: Arabesques
ca. late nineteenth century
44" x 12 3/4", 111.5 cm x 32.5 cm
This softly faded and beautifully worn length of indigo cotton is dyed in the katazome or stencil resist dyed technique and was most likely taken from a nineteenth century futon cover.
The crowded repeat pattern is lush: what appear to be stylized sparrows are set against a background of karakusa or an arabesque motif which is often seen on this kind of cloth.
What were once orange colored details were applied by hand using bengara, a colorant derived from iron oxide which, again, is often used to add life and color to katazome cloth. These orange details have faded to a cold, pale rust tone.
This is an especially nice length of katazome cotton, in good, worn condition, whose color has softened over time.
A beautiful length of katazome cloth.