An Elaborate Length of Katazome Cloth: Karakusa, Kamon, Bengara
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
32" x 13", 81 cm x 33 cm
This is a beautiful length of katazome or stencil resist dyed cloth that shows three faded colors: grey, orange and blue.
The elaborately designed pattern is rich in details and is reminiscent of fabulous brocade silk cloth which is used as altar dressings in Buddhist temples, however this cloth was most likely used as a futon cover.
The pattern is that of a densely drawn karakusa or arabesque; stylized cherry blossoms are regularly placed as are the kashiwa, or oak, family crests.
The slightly off-registration of the resisted areas and the orange and grey areas adds a vibrancy to the design that would otherwise be more staid if it were more precise.
A really wonderful little piece of katazome cloth.