White Karamatsu Shibori Tenugui
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Larch pine stitch-resist on reversed ground
Technique: Karamatsu Shibori (Okkochi) - Stitch resist in the shape of a semicircle over folds. After stitches are completed, the threads are drawn up tight and knotted to create a resist before dyeing. This particular example has swapped the usual esist of the motif to the ground, which is called Shirokage (White Shadow). Process illustrations are from the book “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing” by Wada, Rice, and Barton. (c)1983
Pattern: Larch Pine - The dark radiating lines in karamatsu shibori's circular shape evoke the radiating pine needles of the Japanese larch, which is found mainly in the mountains of Chūbu and Kantō regions in central Honshū.
Approximately 1m x 35cm (39 x 13in)
Handmade in Arimatsu, Japan
Tenugui are scarf-size, all-purpose towels made of lightweight cotton, used in Japan for centuries and recently popularized and collected because of their beautiful patterns and graphic designs
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