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.

An Elaborately Woven and Patched Boro Panel: Kasuri Kanji

An Elaborately Woven and Patched Boro Panel: Kasuri Kanji

early twentieth century59" x 13", 150 cm x 33 cm This is ... (more)

A Large Stitched Multi-Sakabukuro Mat: Leathery Textured Sake Filters

A Large Stitched Multi-Sakabukuro Mat: Leathery Textured Sake Filters

mid twentieth century68" x 36", 173 cm x 91.5 cm This lar... (more)

A Very Long, Beautifully Patched Mid Century Boro Length: Layers

A Very Long, Beautifully Patched Mid Century Boro Length: Layers

mid twentieth century92 1/2" x 11 1/2", 235 cm x 29 cm Th... (more)

A Boro Koshimaki or Half-Under Kimono: Nice Stitching

A Boro Koshimaki or Half-Under Kimono: Nice Stitching

early to mid twentieth century28" x 44", 71 cm x 112 cm A... (more)

A Two Panel "White" Boro Panel: Futon Cover Section

A Two Panel "White" Boro Panel: Futon Cover Section

early to mid twentieth century65 1/2" x 26 1/2", 166.5 cm... (more)

A Beautifully Patched Plaid Boro Length: Hand Spun Cottons

A Beautifully Patched Plaid Boro Length: Hand Spun Cottons

late nineteenth, early twentieth century68 1/2" x 13 1/4"... (more)

A Long Piece of Cotton and Hemp Kaya: Patched Mosquito Netting

A Long Piece of Cotton and Hemp Kaya: Patched Mosquito Netting

early to mid twentieth century80" x 13 1/2", 203 cm x 34 ... (more)

A Boro Sleeve: Commercially Milled Cotton

A Boro Sleeve: Commercially Milled Cotton

early to mid twentieth century50" x 12", 127 cm x 30.5 cm... (more)

A Long Panel of Very Patched Plaid Cotton: Hand Spun Yarns

A Long Panel of Very Patched Plaid Cotton: Hand Spun Yarns

late nineteenth, early twentieth century69 1/2" x 13", 17... (more)

A Tall Boro Cloth: Two Panels of Hand Spun Cotton

A Tall Boro Cloth: Two Panels of Hand Spun Cotton

late nineteenth, early twentieth century72" x 24", 183 cm... (more)

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