A Beautiful Blue on Blue Katazome Boro Panel: Wonderful Patches
late nineteenth century
68" x 12 3/4", 172.75 cm x 32.5 cm
This is a really beautiful length of katazome dyed boro cotton. Its two tones of blue show a design of hexagons or tortoise shell, each hexagon encloses a stylized chrysanthemum and is bordered by a trailing floral motif.
The cotton itself is beautiful: it appears to be hand spun and hand woven, and this thread flavor, or ito aji acts as a beautiful platform for the dyed design.
The 10 mending patches are beautifully done, one of them, the largest, which is made of the same cloth as the base, is placed in such a way that it almost aligns with the design on the base.
This is an exceptionally beautiful length of boro cloth and one that should be seriously considered by anyone wishing to collect good quality boro textiles.