Two Panels from a Katazome Dyed Boro Futon Cover: Beautiful Fading and Patching
early twentieth century
54" x 48 1/4", 137 cm x 122 cm
This is a beautifully faded, two panel length of blue-on-white or jishiro katazome cotton that has been patched with a wonderful group of cotton patches, about a dozen in all .
The hand loomed cotton cloth is lovely to look at, as is the resist dyed pattern that decorates it. The yarns used to weave this length appear to be hand spun, which is always a desirable trait when assessing old cotton.
The katazome pattern which decorates this cloth shows a repeat of stylized either hollyhock or spatterdock which has faded nicely to a powder blue color. Each of the cotton patches is hand-stitched to the surface act as strong visual punctuation to an otherwise softly colored length of cloth.
Have a good look at the cloth's "opposite" side which, although it does not show as many patches as the side we are featuring here, has its own charm.