A Child's Boro Kimono: Indigo Dyed Cotton Kasuri
early twentieth century
26" x 25 1/4", 66 cm x 64 cm
This tattered and frayed little kimono was once worn hard by a small child in old Japan. It is hand stitched from four types of indigo dyed cotton kasuri cloth which was most probably recycled from an adult's kimono.
The small kimono is unlined and is shown here inside-out to display the many seams, patches and piecing that was used in its construction.
The imperfections, the surface abrasion, the small holes and the repairs to the kimono are all vivid details of what everyday clothing was really like in old Japan, and we can assume that the child who wore this little kimono probably owned just this one, which was no doubt passed along to another in time.
A small beauty.