A Length of Katazome Cotton with Chrysanthemum Motif
A length of katazome cotton with a repeating chrysanthemum, or kiku, pattern from a futon covering. Chrysanthemums are celebrated in Japan and often seen as symbolic of longevity. Entirely hand spun and hand loomed cotton with a pleasing texture in the hand.
Katazome is a process where a rice paste is carefully applied with a stencil, a katagami, to the fabric before dyeing and finally removing the rice paste to reveal the pattern. In this case, a botanical indigo is used as the dyestuff resulting in a beautiful blue that has aged gracefully as you can see here.
A single charming repair has been made, as seen in the photos, using another piece of katazome cotton. You can see from the photo of the reverse side that a larger of cotton was used to reinforce the fabric in this area. Otherwise it is in excellent vintage condition. A great example of katazome for a collector, textile artist, or simply to admire.
Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 69 3/4 inches, 32.5 x 177 centimeters
Late 19th to early 20th century