Written on February 15, 2014
When 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.
The 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.
It 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.