[Image via Sri Theads.]
Our textile of the day is an old Japanese hand-woven cotton from Sri, the Brooklyn-based gallery. In his recent post, dealer Stephen Szczepanek describes the floral cloth as having a "delicate intensity" similar to batik. It seems implausible, but it feels rich yet kind of "soft-spoken" to me, too. The 19th-century dyes used include indigo, an earthy bengara (Stephen explains that this is an iron-oxide-based dye) and a grey-ish black dye. I've read that the term bengara most likely relates to iron oxide originating in Bengal, India. See more and read all about the Japanese piece here.
Japanese Art and Design (new edition)
Sari to Sarong