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 Sashiko Stitched Boro Furoshiki: Yarn Dyed Cloth

A Sashiko Stitched Boro Furoshiki: Yarn Dyed Cloth

mid twentieth century52" x 51", 132 cm x 129.5 cm This b... (more)

A Striped Cotton Length: Some Zanshi and Double Patching

A Striped Cotton Length: Some Zanshi and Double Patching

early twentieth century68" x 13 3/4", 172.75 cm x 35 cm T... (more)

A Wonderful Boro Futon Cover: Superb Patches and Stitching

A Wonderful Boro Futon Cover: Superb Patches and Stitching

early to mid twentieth century69" x 37 1/2", 175.25 cm x ... (more)

A Beautifully Layered Boro Panel: Good Age

A Beautifully Layered Boro Panel: Good Age

early twentieth century72" x 13", 183 cm x 33 cm This ver... (more)

An Excellent Two Panel 19th Century Boro Textile: Hemp Stitching

An Excellent Two Panel 19th Century Boro Textile: Hemp Stitching

late nineteenth century47 1/4" x 24", 120 cm x 61 cm Thi... (more)

A Two Panel Katazome Boro Fragment: Layered Patches

A Two Panel Katazome Boro Fragment: Layered Patches

early twentieth century64" x 23 3/4",162.5 cm x 60 cm Thi... (more)

A Lovely Patched Length of Striped Cotton: Elegant

A Lovely Patched Length of Striped Cotton: Elegant

late nineteenth, early twentieth century72 1/2" x 13 3/4"... (more)

A Patched Length of Cotton: Fanciful Stitched Repair

A Patched Length of Cotton: Fanciful Stitched Repair

late nineteenth century55" x 12 3/4", 140 cm x 32.75 cm ... (more)

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