"Kasuri | Ikat" "Kasuri | Ikat"

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Kasuri | Ikat"

Sato, Bunkichi

$75.00

Age:1960s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 7-1/8” h

The word ‘Ikat’ comes from the Malaysian word ‘to tie’, because the loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax- treated cotton to specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread. Some Ikat emphasize precision, where it is difficult to distinguish it from block printing. The Japanese learned about this type of printing from the Dutch traders in the early eighteenth century. Here the artist masterfully incorporates this motif onto the bodies of these simple figures. The most unique and characteristic feature of this doll is the “pin head” in which Sato Bunkichi’s dolls are easily recognized, but very hard to find.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Vintage Condition: “As is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 


Artisan | Woodworker: Sato, Bunkichi | 1922-2008

Origin:

Born in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, to a family of traditional Tougatta doll makers. Bunkichi did his early training under Master Tougatta artist Sato, Ushizo. He moved to Matsushima City, in Miyagi, and began creating Sosaku dolls, using a very traditional Ikat patterning for his dolls.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

Due to the smaller head shape than normally seen, Sato Bunkichi’s dolls are easily recognized, but very rare and hard to find. The word ‘Ikat’ comes from the Malaysian word ‘to tie’, because the loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton to specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread. This technique developed independently across many different cultures. Some Ikat emphasizes precision, where it is difficult to distinguish it from block printing. The Japanese learned about this type of printing from the Dutch traders in the early 18th century. Here the artist masterfully incorporates this motif onto the bodies of these simple figures.

Artist's signature:

Sato Bunkichi Artisan signature kokeshi