Boro Textiles

Japan's mended and patched textiles are referred to as boro, or ragged, both in Japan and abroad.

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extiles are usually sewn from nineteenth and early twentieth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton.  The diversity of patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and mending stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker.

Imagine that boro textiles were stitched in the shadows of farmhouses, often at night by the light of one dim andon, on the laps of farm women. This unselfconscious creative process has yielded hand-made articles of soulful beauty, each of which calls upon to be recognized and admired as more than the utilitarian cloth they were intended to be.

A Three Panel Boro Textile: Beautiful on Both Sides

A Three Panel Boro Textile: Beautiful on Both Sides

late nineteenth, early twentieth century54" x 37", 137 cm... (more)

A Length of Boro Cloth: Three Old Striped Cottons

A Length of Boro Cloth: Three Old Striped Cottons

late nineteenth, early twentieth century70" x 12 1/2", 17... (more)

A Reversible Boro Length: Tsutsugaki Detail and Good Age

A Reversible Boro Length: Tsutsugaki Detail and Good Age

late nineteenth, early-to-mid twentieth century71" x 19",... (more)

An Exemplary Length Katazome Boro: Wonderful Old Cotton Threads

An Exemplary Length Katazome Boro: Wonderful Old Cotton Threads

late nineteenth century67" x 12 1/2", 170 cm x 31.75 cm T... (more)

A Two Plaid Boro Panel: Hand Stitched Contrast

A Two Plaid Boro Panel: Hand Stitched Contrast

early twentieth century60" x 13", 152.5 cm x 33 cm This i... (more)

A Nicely Patched Length of Low-Contrast Plaid Cotton: Old and Handwoven

A Nicely Patched Length of Low-Contrast Plaid Cotton: Old and Handwoven

late nineteenth, early twentieth century65" x 12 1/2", 16... (more)

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