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A Magnificent and Large Sashiko Stitched Maekake: Superb Katazome Tie

March 15, 2014

Sashiko02In every way this is an exemplary sashiko stitched textile: in its wonderfully regular sashiko stitching; in the hand spun, hand loomed, indigo dyed cotton base cloth; in the superb katazome dyed tie; in its safflower dyed stitched details; in its extravagant size–30 1/2″ x 37 1/2″, 77.5 cm x 95 cm.

Sashiko02aIn fact, this piece is surprising large, much larger than many maekake or aprons I have seen, collected or sold.  Because of this unusually large size, I am am wondering if  this may be a koshimaki or a half-under kimono–although I doubt it.

Sashiko02bLook at the marvelous safflower dyed stitcing, above.  A wonderful surprise.

Sashiko02cAnd have a look at the absolutely wonderful hand spun hand woven, katazome dyed tie, a detail of which can be seen below.  

Sashiko02dIn some ways this is a masterpiece of its type: finding an example as fine as this will prove difficult.  Most likely this dates to the Meiji era (1868 – 1912).


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An Elaborately Stencil Resist Dyed Peacock: Katazome

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.




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