A Handsome Striped Length: Pieced and Patched
ca. late nineteenth century
68" x 14", 172.5 cm x 35.5 cm
This length of hand woven, indigo dyed cotton cloth, with its wide
stripes in gradient blues, is a classic bedding cloth which was woven
and used in the 19th century. The base cloth of this boro cloth is hand stitched from two pieces.
As with many boro textiles, this one clearly was taken from a futon cover, and the striped base cloth is just beautiful in its design and execution.
As beautiful, and as emblematic of the 19th century as the striped
cloth are the striped, hand woven cotton patches, four in all. If you have an eye for old Japanese cloth, by
looking at these patches you will immediately understand that the
patches are of old cotton, dating from the mid-to-late 19th century.
Their color and pattern contrast to the base cloth is very attractive.
A wonderfully vibrant length of boro cloth with good age and a striking presence.