An Indigo Dyed Cotton Noragi: Katazome Dyed Collar
ca. early to mid twentieth century
32" x 34", 81.25 cm x 86.25 cm
This is a very handsome, indigo dyed cotton noragi or work coat which is wonderful condition and has a rich, deep indigo color. Apologies for the poor photos; this coat is very good-looking in person.
The coat is said to have come from Shonai, in present-day Akita prefecture.
The cotton which comprises this noragi is hand woven, indigo dyed cotton that alternates narrow stripes of black and blue. There is a partial, pieced lining, hand stitched, and the lining is also made of indigo dyed cotton.
The collar is beautiful: it is a katazome dyed cotton which was first dyed blue, then resisted to show a simple pattern of crosses and dots. The collar is reinforced by a narrow piece of kasuri cotton which, also, is hand stitched to the surface.
The perimeter of the bottom of the coat is pieced; there is a band of applied cloth all around the bottom of this noragi, which adds visual interest.
A beautifully stitched and colored coat, this one is very durable and certainly could be worn by the right person.