A Finished Boro Mat: Layers and Sashiko Stitches
ca. early to mid twentieth century
34 1/2" x 30 1/2", 87.5 cm x 77.5 cm
This lovely, indigo dyed cotton boro mat is constructed of about four layers of cloth which give this square-shaped textile some body.
It is hand stitched from repurposed, indigo dyed cotton in varying hues and grades of blue, and the cloth is "divided" into twelve rectangle shaped zones, each being demarcated by long, white cotton sashiko stitches.
On one side is an interesting, elliptical repair which sits next to an area where the top most layer of cotton is torn.
Most likely this rather thick mat was used for sitting, which we can deduce by its relative thickness and its rather square shape.
A lovely, old finished boro piece with good cottons and color.