A Length of Boro Mosquito Netting: Loosely Woven Hemp and Patches

$85.00 USD

early twentieth century
66" x 12 1/2", 167.5 cm x 31.5 cm

This is a length of woven hemp mesh that has faded to a dull blue-green-blue color.

This length is a panel taken from a mosquito net--tents of mosquito netting were found hanging around and enclosing beds in all houses all over Japan, not just to protect from the hoards of mosquitos in that humid country's summer but also, in winter, to aid in capturing a bit of ambient warmth as one laid in their futon.

This piece is particularly notable for its marvelous mending.

At the center, top portion we see a large patch onto which is stitched a good area of mending and in the lower center, left there are layered patches of real beauty and charm.

The length of bast fiber kaya is rich in hand work and very much a part of Japan's past. It is an excellent example of mending and of the Japanese credo of mottainai, which is a call not to waste.  

This particular piece is shown here and it is the length, hanging, and on the far left.