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A Length of Indigo Dyed Hemp Asa Boro Cloth: Complex Katazome Reverse

Written on January 27, 2010

On the previous post, below this one, I showed a beautiful, cotton cloth printed on its front and back.  Today I’m showing yet another cloth that is wonderful on both of its sides.

PlaidBlog1This is a length of indigo dyed katazome hemp cloth that is heavily patched on one side; the reverse shows a beautiful, two-process katazome dyed pattern.  The hemp cloth is very finely woven.PlaidBlog1aThis hemp boro cloth is patched with hemp fragments, with the exception of the large, plain blue patch which is silk.  The mending stitches are really beautifully done, and some of them are quite intricate.PlaidBlog1cThe photos below show details of the katazome dyed pattern on the reverse side of the boro cloth shown above.   The dyed plaid repeat  is really elegant and subtle, and the technique used to stencil-resist dye the cloth is complex.PlaidBlog1d

Note that the resist dyed pattern runs in two directions, which means the cloth needed to be resisted and dyed twice: once in indigo for the “east/west” stripes, then using a brown dyestuff for the “north/south” stripes.  The end result is just beautiful in its color and its design.

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  1. Comment by youhavebeenheresometime:


    January 27, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

  2. Comment by Darlene:

    The workmanship in this piece is incredible. What I like most about it is that it was obviously well-used. There was no hesitation to patch it to extend its life. When I give quilts away, I tell people to USE them. I want them to be well-used and well-loved, not stored on a shelf someplace. The stains and repairs are a badge of honor from a long and useful life.

    January 28, 2010 @ 7:55 am