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 Large, Very Patched Cotton Futon Cover: Twentieth Century

A Large, Very Patched Cotton Futon Cover: Twentieth Century

early to mid twentieth century61" x 50", 155 cm x 127 cm ... (more)

A Very Large Patterned Boro Futon Cover: Commercial Cottons

A Very Large Patterned Boro Futon Cover: Commercial Cottons

mid twentieth century64" x 61", 162.5 cm x 155 cm This is... (more)

A Length of Patched Lightweight Cotton: Katazome

A Length of Patched Lightweight Cotton: Katazome

early twentieth century56" x 12 1/2", 142.25 cm x 32 cm T... (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 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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