A Densely Sashiko Stitched Boro Panel: Richly Textured
ca. early twentieth century
50" x 12 3/4", 127 cm x 30 cm
This is one of those shibui pieces that is too subtle to show its true beauty in photographs, try as we might.
It is a length of fantastically good, hand spun and hand loomed indigo dyed cotton that has been intensely stitched over and again, up and down its length, lending a rich texture to the entire piece.
The blue on blue stitching is just fantastic, as is the piecing and patching of the cloth. The actual texture of hand spun cotton fibers adds tremendously to the aesthetic of the piece, not just from the textural point of view, but also due to the quality of the indigo which is beautifully faded.
The piece is of a good length and there is a curious feature. It seems that one of the short sides is finished, which leads one to wonder why it was made, why it was so intensely stitched, and what was its intended purpose.
This adds mystery to an already stunning piece, one that needs to be seen and lived with to be fully appreciated.