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Indigo Dyed Cotton Kasuri Warp Yarns from Kurume

Written on August 24, 2009

Shown today are indigo dyed cotton yarns to use in the weaving of Kurume kasuri, a very distinctive form of ikat from Kurume on Kyushu Island that is characterized by its bold, geometric designs: white-on-blue.


These warp yarns, when rolled into balls as they are here, make beautiful objects: each is many, many meters long and are all the yarns are tied by hand before dyeing.


Last week I offered one for sale on my website; I will be offering these, too, in time.  If you find that you just can’t live without one, don’t hesitate writing me, I’ll be happy to make sure you get a good one.  The largest one is 11″ or 28 cm in diameter and in addition to the stark white-on-dark blue dye on this large ball, there are also some areas of a pale blue color, called asagi.


Have a look at a YouTube video showing some of the dyeing process of Kurume kasuri, here.

They’re really beautiful, aren’t they?  I believe they are from the 50s or 60s–possibly later.


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  1. Comment by MiA:


    August 25, 2009 @ 5:12 am

  2. Comment by Fulvia:

    Thank you so much for pointing me to such lovely and interesting videos; it is greatly appreciated.

    August 25, 2009 @ 6:21 am

  3. Comment by Kristin Page:

    Beautiful dying. I wonder what the finished textile wou7ld look like.

    November 2, 2009 @ 9:30 am