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 Small and Abraded Zokin: Stiched and Patched Dust Cloth

A Small and Abraded Zokin: Stiched and Patched Dust Cloth

mid twentieth century7" x 9 1/2", 18 cm x 24 cmA zokin i... (more)

A Patched Furoshiki: Resist Dyed Lightweight Cotton

A Patched Furoshiki: Resist Dyed Lightweight Cotton

mid twentieth century30" x 26", 76 cm x 66 cm This is a f... (more)

A Pieced and Patched Furoshiki: Thickly Woven Indigo Dyed Cottons

A Pieced and Patched Furoshiki: Thickly Woven Indigo Dyed Cottons

early twentieth century53" x 48", 134.5 cm x 122 cmThis f... (more)

A Scrappy Repaired Zokin: Traditional Dust Rag

A Scrappy Repaired Zokin: Traditional Dust Rag

mid twentieth century10 3/4" x 11", 27.25 cm x 28 cmA zok... (more)

A Small, Layered Boro Zokin: Rough Patches and Stitching

A Small, Layered Boro Zokin: Rough Patches and Stitching

mid twentieth century8" x 9 1/2", 20 cm x 24 cm A  zokin ... (more)

A Well-Used Small Boro Furoshiki: Subtle Color Palette

A Well-Used Small Boro Furoshiki: Subtle Color Palette

early to mid twentieth century42" x 36", 106.5 cm x 91.5 ... (more)

A Pieced Boro Zokin: Two Distinct Sides

A Pieced Boro Zokin: Two Distinct Sides

early to mid twentieth century10" x 11", 25.5 cm x 28 cmA... (more)

A Length of Striped Boro Cotton: Great Patching

A Length of Striped Boro Cotton: Great Patching

early twentieth century63" x 13 1/4", 160 cm x 33.5 cm Th... (more)

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