Asian Tribal Art - Katazome Strip, Japan

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Katazome strip
Hand loomed cotton, indigo

60" long (152 cm) by 13.5" (34.3 cm) wide
Late 19th to early 20th century

Two cranes with wings spread neatly fill diamond-shaped lozenges in this cotton stencil-dyed indigo katazome strip. Katazome refers to the resist dye technique using rice paste and bran squeezed through a stencil (katagami) to produce beautiful repeat patterns.

Ex collection Fifi White, Berkeley, California. Published in Japanese Folk Textiles: An American Collection, Shikosha Publishing Co. Ltd, Japan, 1988. p. 137, plate no. 119.


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