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A Magnificent and Large Sashiko Stitched Maekake: Superb Katazome Tie

Written on 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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  1. Comment by Lea van Rossum:


    March 22, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

  2. Comment by annaB:

    stunning – the eveness of stitch.

    March 27, 2014 @ 4:47 am

  3. Comment by Saiyuu:

    What local item is it? Polychromatic katazome is impressive.

    April 1, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  4. Comment by Saiyuu:

    Completeness of Sasiko is high, and a combination with good katazome seems to be Kinki area.

    April 1, 2014 @ 8:36 am