A Beautifully Sashiko Stitched Boro Furoshiki: Many Artfully Placed Patches

$395.00 USD

early twentieth century
42 1/2" x 42", 108 cm x 106.5 cm

furoshiki is a traditional wrapping, storage or hauling cloth which is still very much in use all over Japan.

This indigo dyed, sashiko stitched one is a good example of its type and it shows a beautiful history in its surface and by its condition, it has been used hard and is beautiful because of it. 

The reverse of the furoshiki is highlighted here and it shows about 18 patches which are strategically placed on the surface. The patches relate to the mending and reinforcing of the cloth due to a lifetime of wear and heavy use.

The sashiko stitching on each of its four corners is very nicely done. On the top right and bottom left corners are dense areas of the traditional hemp leaf motif or asanoha while on the opposing corners show the sayagata motif, the center of which is the Buddhist swastika, an ancient symbol of good luck and prosperity.

The color of the cotton is of a nicely toned, middle-value indigo; the furoshiki is completely hand stitched of three-and-a-half panels of this indigo dyed cotton which is said to be hand spun and hand woven.

Please note the center area of the furoshiki is slightly distended from wear and on the lead photo this is fairly easy to see. As well there is slightly ingrained dirt that resists washing; this is not easy to see in person. On photos what might appear to be dirt is actually a play of shadow which might be a bit misleading.

This is a very good looking, nicely patched and mended great quality boro indigo dyed furoshiki with great charm and wonderful age--and a wonderful visual presence.

Very recommended.