A Length of Figured Boro: Wonderful Katazome Dyed Cottons
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
42" x 12 3/4", 106.75 cm x 32.5 cm
This beautifully colored boro fragment was taken from a mended katazome dyed furoshiki, the cotton base cloth of which was dyed in a lovely, ochre-like color, as can be seen on the accompanying detail photographs.
This base cloth shows a repeat pattern of tate waku or the traditional rising steam motif. The hand applied patches add a lot of charm and color to this cloth.
In total there are six patches, four of which are of an absolutely beautifully complex, multi-stenciled katazome. The three others are of the same fabric as the base cloth.
There is some loss to part of the selvedge of the piece, a small hole and a notched loss, but this does not detract from the overall beauty of the piece.
A fantastic, old boro cloth showing a marvelous color palette and good age.