A Boro Panel: Wonderful Hand Loomed Cotton and Sashiko
ca. early twentieth century
44" x 20 1/4", 111.75 cm x 51 cm
The beauty of this cloth is in its hand woven texture: holding this in your hand you can feel and sense the ito aji or thread taste which is a desirable characteristic of old Japanese hand loomed cloth which is woven from hand spun yarns, as this one is.
The design is simple and modern: a narrow dark cotton panel is hand stitched to a lighter colored indigo panel. Dead center is a patch of blue cotton which is stitched with vertical lines of deliberate and short sashiko stitches, the sashiko done with a dark blue cotton thread.
A simple and gorgeous piece of cloth from old Japan, and one that is recommended for its simplicity and its integrity.