A Good Sized Boro Sakabukuro Mat: Kaki Shibu Dyed Cotton Canvas
ca. mid twentieth century
33 1/2" x 34", 85 cm x 86.5 cm
This is an unusual textile. On the title of the piece here, we refer to it as a boro sakabukuro mat, simply because it is made from the same materials as a traditional sake straining bag, and it is mended in a very similar way.
That said, this large, square, hand mended cotton canvas mat does not seem to be a splayed sakabukuro, but rather it seems to be a very wide piece of commercially produced canvas that has been dyed in kaki shibu and is mended as would be a sakabukuro.
Very curious, but these are the ways of old Japanese cloth.
Still, this is a really lovely piece of old cotton. It has massive character from its color, wear and mending, and it shows great surface patina and coloration.
Just beautiful and well-recommended.