A Heavily Sashiko Stitched Boro Jacket: Interesting Inside-Out
early twentieth century
shoulder to hem: 40", 101.5 cm
sleeve tip to sleeve tipx 41", 104 cm
Please pore over the many detail photos that accompany this post: this indigo dyed boro kimono is rich in wonderful stitching and old cloth and it required many photographs to attempt to portray its integrity as an object. Also, to appreciate the inherent beauty of this coat and its low-contrasting dark colors, a bit of time is required of you.
This boro kimono is remarkable because it is equally beautiful inside and out--and for those who are interested in old, wearable boro clothing, this piece is durable enough to be worn on a regular basis should you choose do to so.
The cloth is old, a great percentage seeming to have been hand woven in the late 19th century: the kimono may have been fashioned in the early 20th century.
The contrast of pattern and patching is super-subtle. For example, both on inside and out, there is a long, vertically-oriented patch of reddish, striped cotton that occupies the center, bottom of the coat. In contrast to the dark base cloth this is lovely.
The kimono is sashiko stitched all-over, the vertical rows of stitching are spaced just 1/2" or 1.5 cm apart from one another. As can be seen there is fading, soft abrasion to the coat over all, and a few unmended holes. But the amount of sashiko stitching all over the coat is not only impressive, it also renders the coat very durable.
This is an exceptionally fine boro kimono, and one that would be a very good addition to anyone's collection.