An Optically Rich Katazome Length: 19th Century Hand Spun Cotton
reduced from $105.00
ca. mid to late nineteenth century
42" x 12 1/2", 106.5 cm x 31.5 cm
This length of gauzy cotton woven from hand spun yarn is dyed in both a stencil resist method and one that uses a stencil as a guide for applying dye directly to the cloth.
If you look carefully at the attached images, you will see that the beautifully hand loomed cotton is first dyed in a pale blue indigo, the color is called asagi. This asagi blue has been stencil resist dyed and by looking at the attached detail photos you can see the white images which have been resisted.
On top of this resist dyed base is a field of wide, deep indigo bars the effect being tricky on the eye, and one that is strange yet sophisticated. This stripes have been dyed directly onto the cloth using a stencil: just beautiful.
A wonderfully optical length of cotton from old Japan, and certainly one for those interested in traditional, stencil resist dyed cloth.