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 Many Layered Cotton Boro Mat: Two Distinct Sides

A Many Layered Cotton Boro Mat: Two Distinct Sides

early to mid twentieth century43" x 48", 109 cm x 122 cm ... (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)

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)

A Small Fragment of a Multi-Layered Kotatsugake: Hearth Cover

A Small Fragment of a Multi-Layered Kotatsugake: Hearth Cover

mid twentieth century11 1/4" x 15 1/4", 28.5 cm x 38.5 cm... (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 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)

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