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This pattern is called karakusa and no doubt represents vines or some similar plant.

This is an interesting fabric for many reasons, but one of those is that is was originally green. Like a forest green. A bit more avocado. But being old and having been used for aeons and being exposed to the sun, it is now a faded beige. There are areas where the green remains to the extent of a faded avocado shade, but mostly the green is gone.

Also, this seems to be a hand woven fabric, homespun sarashi. A nice hand woven gauze. And the dye process was probably some type of katazome, or resist dyeing with rice paste. The paste would be applied to the fabric in the places they wanted to stay white, before dyeing. And rinsed out after.

Sometimes, old fabric greens are done as a compound color, dyeing fabric in a light indigo and then a strong yellow. But when that is the process, they tend to fade differently. A little bit of the blue of the indigo would be left. Yellow natural dyes are easy to dye but fugitive to light and time. Meaning they fade.

The way this has faded seems to hint that it was done with an early chemical dye, something which was obviously very fugitive in light and over time. Which also helps to date the fabric. I would say late 19th or early 20th century. That is the era which corresponds to that sort of dyeing. And also corresponds to the fact that the fabric is hand woven.

What a treasure, hand woven sarashi. It is so soft. It has been washed, but it smells very slightly, vaguely musty, so one more wash might be a good idea.

Also, the condition of this fabric panel is excellent. There are no holes and no areas of thinning at all!

This is the perfect length to become a scarf!! It is also super soft and would feel dangerously good against the neck. Just like it is, it would make a subtle statement. But also, if one were to add just a little bit, patches or some other embellishment, to make it their own, personal, original. That would be cool, too. Boro that contains YOUR history.

You could also use it for any project, garments or household items, crafts. Also, it would make a killer display piece. Add a classic aesthetic to any space.

more photos over here


143 cms long

34 cms wide

Will send in the regular airmail.

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