Selection of katazome panels
* From the Collection of Stephen Szczepanek
Late 19th – Early 20th C
Throughout Edo period (1603 - 1868), strict social codes and signs of distinctions were conveyed by Japanese garments and the composition of their textiles. Silk for instance was restricted to privileged samurai class families. Cotton was expensive and therefore a sign of social class distinction. It was deemed appropriate that the other classes should wear very simple, durable clothes, made of hemp and other indigenous Japanese plant fibers in dark colors, many in blue. The majority of ordinary people wore clothing made of hemp, which was dyed in Japanese indigo. Fabrics in this era were precious.
Hemp and Cotton
$90 – $150