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A Beautifully Rustic Indigo Dyed Kasuri Futon Cover

Written on December 17, 2009

My taste in kasuri, or Japanese ikat weaving, is quite narrow, and I tend not to collect many pieces.  I could not help myself when I found this piece, the subject of today’s posting.

I had seen this on a previous trip to Japan and was really intrigued by the rustic beauty of this very simple, resist dyed pattern.  I didn’t buy this piece when I first saw it, but when I returned six months later and saw it again, my mind was made up.

I absolutely love that the pattern is not regular, that the large, white blocks are not perfectly formed and that they have some “skids” of stray indigo dye within them.


I also love the pared-down design, and how it is not reaching to be complex or sophisticated in any way.  In its beautiful, “flawed” simplicity, the appeal of this kasuri futon cover is almost “tribal”, if you get what I mean.

I am not sure if this futon cover was dyed and woven in Kurume (on Kyushu Island) or in Iyo (Matsuyama City on Shikoko Island), however I think this piece probably comes from Kurume. Most definitely the cotton yarn is home spun and the piece is hand woven.  And it is spectacularly beautiful, to my eye, at least.


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  1. Comment by caro:

    I’ve never seen a kasuri example with such a deeply shredded edge on the pattern. It’s just stunning. For that much activity around the edges of the design elements, the pattern needs to be that simple, I think. This work has tremendous presence!

    December 18, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Comment by velma bolyard:

    gorgeous and amazing.

    December 19, 2009 @ 7:50 am

  3. Comment by Daisy:

    This is a beautiful cloth. Is it for sale?

    December 19, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

  4. Comment by Inge Boesch:

    That’s a marvellous textile and I like it very much!

    January 13, 2010 @ 7:44 am