An Elaborately Dyed and Mended Length of Katazome Cotton: Pieced
late nineteenth century
70" x 13", 178 cm x 33 cm
This is a beautiful and complex length of katazome dyed cotton and it has a lot of interesting features.
The pattern is done in three colors, a resisted white, a dyed indigo and a hand-applied grey, and the complex repeat design shows roundels of phoenixes and paulownia flowers which are set within large, interlocking circles. Just beautiful.
The cotton is hand spun and hand loomed and this piece shows a great deal of age and wear.
It is composed of two pieces which are hand stitched together, and if you look carefully at the attached detail photographs you will see that on the surface of the cloth there is a very subtle repair.
In fact, when this piece is viewed from its "wrong" side it shows the seam from the joining of the two pieces as well as five hand stitched cotton patches of varying sizes.
The surface of the cloth shows wear, fading and abrasion, and the bottom edge of the cloth is slightly undone, as can be seen in the attached photos.
A gorgeous piece of old katazome cloth.