An Old Length of 19th Century Katazome Cotton: Hand Spun Yarns

$90.00 USD

mid-to-late nineteenth century
30" x 13", 76 cm x 33 cm

This is a length of over dyed indigo katazome cotton of very good age: the cotton yarns on this piece are hand spun which is exactly what you want to see in a Japanese folk textile. Over dyeing indigo with a yellow dye produces the lush green color we see here.

The motif is one of folding fans that each bear one of these motifs: pine, plum and bamboo, a design triad in Japan known as shochikubai. Shochikubai is a classic, auspicious pattern.  The plum is the first bloom to burst forth from the winter's ice and is symbol of strength, the bamboo bends but does not break so it is a symbol of resilience, and the pine, of course conveys a wish for longevity.  Also, pine needles fall in pairs, and thus they are a motif often used at weddings.

There are some broad areas of light fading and abrasion to the surface of this length, shown in the accompanying photographs--as well as some small, dark stains, also shown--but its fine age and wonderful yarns distract from this imperfection and render it hard to see.

Recommended.

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An Old Length of 19th Century Katazome Cotton: Hand Spun Yarns