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An Ethereal Swath of Pale Blue Cloth: Hemp and Cotton Kaya

Written on June 29, 2013

HempCottonKaya1This 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.

HempCottonKaya1aThe 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.

HempCottonKaya1bAnd the cloth is also beautifully sheer, as you can see in these photos here.  The cloth is almost intangible, like mist.

HempCottonKaya1cIn Japan, this pale indigo color has a name.  It is known as asagi, and it is one of my favorite tones of indigo.

HempCottonKaya1dThe wiggly, undulating effect of the warp yarns is very evident in these photos, above and below.

HempCottonKaya1eThe 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.



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  1. Comment by martha:


    June 29, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  2. Comment by pam:

    A handsome & arresting piece with a very modern sensibility.

    July 1, 2013 @ 7:25 am