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An Elaborately Stencil Resist Dyed Peacock: Katazome

Written on February 15, 2014

Peacock1When I first saw these three panels from a futon cover I thought the large, multi-toned indigo dyed image was a phoenix; having a better look it was clear that this image is a peacock, an image not often seen on folk textiles.

Peacock1aThe peacock was resist dyed, possibly using a set of stencils, the technique is called katazome.  Or, maybe, this image was made using a combination of katazome with a free hand resist dyeing technique called tsutsugaki.  And what a complex image this is–and what a large one, too.  The peacock itself measures 27″ x 32″, 68.5 cm x 81 cm.

Peacock1bThe three panels are taken from a futon cover and as you can see by the wonderful fading on the indigo dyed cotton, this futonji was used hard.

Peacock1cThe level of detail on this piece is just fantastic–it’s a beautifully realized rendering.

Peacock1dIt probably dates to the late nineteenth century and its overall dimensions are 71″ x 37 1/2″ or 180.5 cm x 95 cm.  I will be listing this for sale on the webshop in the next few weeks.

Peacock1e

 

 

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  1. Comment by Saiyuu:

    It is Tsutsugaki like Sri san. The constitution of the design, an indigo plant and white placement “are really choice” of Sri. I think that this has good usability as it can be understood even with an image.

    February 15, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

  2. Comment by Cally:

    Beautiful!

    February 16, 2014 @ 7:06 am

  3. Comment by Anna Conway:

    That is beautiful!

    February 16, 2014 @ 8:53 am

  4. Comment by jude:

    exquisite

    April 30, 2015 @ 8:15 am