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A Cotton Kasuri Furoshiki: Alternating Dark and Light Indigo

Written on May 10, 2011

When I saw this on my recent trip to Japan, I had to have it: I love when kasuri, or ikat, is faintly resisted as this one is.  What I mean by that is that I like graphic kasuri where the resisted “white” areas show bleeding and skidding from not being tied tightly before dyeing.
Kasuri, or ikat, as it is called, is a resist dyeing method whereby the yarns are tied before being dyed.  When woven properly, the resisted areas–which should remain white–create a pattern or, in some cases, an image.This is a furoshiki or a traditional wrapping cloth–it has never been used.  I believe it dates to the mid twentieth century.I really like the subtlety to be found in the light areas of the cloth: the variegated blues are beautiful.  Or so I think.This piece is fairly large.  It measures 57″ x 54″ or 144.5 cm x 137 cm.  It is completely hand stitched and it is hand loomed.

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  1. Comment by caro:

    Very beautiful. Can’t remember having seen a checkerboard pattern like this in kasuri. I agree that the bleeding in the light part is delightful. Wonder if it’s partly due not only to the tying being less tight, but also to the depth of the indigo dye. It’s so dark in the alternating blocks. What a wonderful piece.

    May 11, 2011 @ 9:09 pm