katazome textile pane1 #3, Japan, Meiji (circa 1890), cm179x32. Katazome cloth with a repeated pattern of takarazukushi (collection of treasures) motif on sky blue indigo ground. Katazome is a resist dye technique in which a paste of rice flour and bran is applied to cloth through a cut paper stencil (katagami). This paste is applied with a flat, blunt tool or a brush: where the paste has been pushed onto the cloth, dye will not penetrate. Dyes can be applied using an immersion method, by hand tinting, or by a combination of these applications, depending on the complexity of the desired effect. Three to five such pane1s were often sewn together to obtain a futon cover. The cotton is homespun and dyed in botanical indigo and shades of grey. a rare find.
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