An Indigo Dyed Katazome Panel: Swirling Asa No Ha Design
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
68" x 13 3/4", 172.5 cm x 35 cm
This is a length of katazome dyed cotton, an indigo dyed cloth whose pattern was resisted using a stencil.
The pattern is a good one. It is a repeat of the classic, Japanese asa no ha or hemp leaf pattern, however instead of it being rigidly geometrical as is often the case with asa no ha, this one shows the stylized leaves in a kind of swirling situation: quite attractive.
The length was taken from a futon cover, and that said, the cloth is well worn. There is a noticeable patina from age and a softening of the indigo color. Also, there is a fairly easy-to-see green stain on the cloth, about the size of a walnut, pictured on the attached detail photos.
Still, this panel from a futon cover has a beautiful presence and it is a nice riff on a design classic.