A Beautifully Mended Indigo Dyed Cotton Han Juban: Boro Lady's Undergarment
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
23" x 25", 58.5 cm x 63.5 cm
Shown here is an absolutely beautifully mended woman's indigo dyed cotton katazome han juban or stencil resist dyed half-under kimono. As is done with most boro textiles, the inside is shown here as it is where the mending can be seen.
The base cloth is beautiful. It shows a delicate repeat pattern of shippo tsunagi or interlocking circles which is studded by stylized, small maple leaves. Of course the surface of the cloth is faded and worn due to wear.
But it is the bold patches of indigo dyed cotton over this delicately patterned base cloth which is make the undergarment so beautiful. Naturally, because this han juban is so faded and worn, there are flaws to the cloth, which is understandable.
It is a remarkably beautiful boro garment and one with very good age and superb patching.