Written on June 29, 2013
This is really beautiful. This delicate, translucent swath of cloth is a section of kaya, or mosquito netting, which is woven using a pale blue cotton warp and a hemp weft.
The result of weaving with a cotton warp and a hemp weft, in this case, is a beautiful, uneven quality to the warp yarns which give a watery, undulating appearance to the cloth.
And the cloth is also beautifully sheer, as you can see in these photos here. The cloth is almost intangible, like mist.
In Japan, this pale indigo color has a name. It is known as asagi, and it is one of my favorite tones of indigo.
The wiggly, undulating effect of the warp yarns is very evident in these photos, above and below.
The piece measures 59″ x 64″ or 150 cm x 162.5 cm and dates to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. It is hand stitched from six separate panels.