Antique Japanese Katazome Boro Fragment
This is an antique stenciled and resist dyed katazome futon fragment with a beautiful karabana, or mythical Chinese flower. “Kara,” when used as a prefix, refers China and of course “hana” meaning flower or petal.
Those of you that are familiar with the motifs common to Japanese textiles have probably recognized the abundance of petalled designs modeled after flowers found in nature. There are many examples—plum, cherry, mulberry, hemp, to name a few. Karabana is unique in that it is imaginary and because of this, it is often very stylized and elaborate as seen here with its abundance of beautiful petals.
The cotton here is handspun, handwoven, and dyed with a beautiful natural indigo. The reverse has some boro patches and repairs to maintain the fabric's integrity. In overall good condition save for some staining to the edges and a small tear near the bottom of one of the panels as seen in the accompanying photographs.
Dimensions: 26 x 69in; 66 x 175cm