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 Indigo Dyed Cotton Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Reconfigured Yogi

An Indigo Dyed Cotton Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Reconfigured Yogi

early twentieth century69" x 65 1/2", 175 cm x 166.5 cm T... (more)

A Length of Patched Boro Narumi Kongata: Multi-Stenciled Dyed Cotton

A Length of Patched Boro Narumi Kongata: Multi-Stenciled Dyed Cotton

early twentieth century36" x 13", 91.5 cm x 33 cm Narumi ... (more)

A Two-Panel Indigo Dyed Cotton Boro Textile: Layered Patching

A Two-Panel Indigo Dyed Cotton Boro Textile: Layered Patching

early twentieth century68" x 25 1/2", 173 cm x 65 cm This... (more)

A Large Boro Futon Cover: Wonderful Kasuri Details

A Large Boro Futon Cover: Wonderful Kasuri Details

early twentieth century74" x 50", 188 cm x 127 cmThis lar... (more)

A Katazome Dyed Boro Panel: Faux Kasuri or Ikat

A Katazome Dyed Boro Panel: Faux Kasuri or Ikat

early to mid twentieth century66" x 12 1/2", 167.5 cm x 3... (more)

A Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Two Plaids

A Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Two Plaids

mid twentieth century11 1/2" x 13 3/4", 29 cm x 35 cm Zok... (more)

A Length of Boro Indigo Plaid Cotton: Tabbed Futon Cover

A Length of Boro Indigo Plaid Cotton: Tabbed Futon Cover

early twentieth century72" x 11 1/2", 183 cm x 29 cmThis ... (more)

A Long Panel of Old Cotton: Small Patches

A Long Panel of Old Cotton: Small Patches

early twentieth century76" x 13", 193 cm x 33 cmThis is a... (more)

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 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 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)

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