Asian Tribal Art - Katazome Strip, Japan

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Katazome strip
Hand loomed cotton, indigo
and madder
66" long (173 cm) by 13.5" (34.2 cm) wide
Late 19th to early 20th century
Ex Fifi White, Berkeley, California

Katazome refers to the resist dye technique using rice paste and bran squeezed through a stencil (katagami) to produce beautiful repeat patterns. This is a graceful composition of flowers and karakusa arabesques and was likely part of an old futon cover. I have two of these panels, both in excellent condition with no holes or spots. The photos below show the textile folded in half and then opened full; the colors are most accurate in the above photo.


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