Wow! So this is the original (stencil, if not textile) Moda used for their very popular “Kasuri” line of fabrics last year. Color me amazed. The original is gorgeous.
Stenciled, paste resist
This futon cover has multiple auspicious symbols, including the chrysanthemum, wisteria, scrolling vines and interlocking circles, and so is probably a wedding futon. Most often, cotton is associated with indigo, and silk with safflower dye, because each has a chemical affinity for the other. The opposite combinations are also possible, but not as common. Here, indigo has been paired with silk, probably as a luxury in honor of the special occasion. The dark gray petals of the central chrysanthemum are probably achieved with sumi ink. By the small chrysanthemums at the top left and right the rice paste resist was not perfectly controlled, and the motif is not crisp, but the bottom two chrysanthemums, and the nearby wisteria petals, are precisely executed, demonstrating the skill of both the stencil cutter and the dyer. The close-up below shows that the dots outlining the petals…
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