A Length of Boro Shibori: Intricately Pleated Shibori
ca. early twentieth century
48 1/2" x 12", 123 cm x 30.5 cm
How beautiful and delicate is this? This is a length of hand loomed cotton which has been taken from a han juban or a woman's half under kimono, which is evident by the notched center of this length and its still-finished edges.
The gorgeous shibori on the cloth is a kind of broken stripes, double pleating (nido suji) and resist wrapping (kantera maki); the visual effect is simply stunning. There are four, applied patches, three of the same cotton as the base cloth and one of a small figured kasuri: these patches bring so much beauty to this already marvelous length of hand dyed shibori.
There are some scattered holes and two tears to the top half of the piece, which in no way detract from the beauty of this magnificent cloth.