A Length of Fine 19th Century Cotton Boro: Tozan
late nineteenth century
48" x 13 1/2", 122 cm x 34 cm
The tightly woven, narrow-striped cotton base cloth for this heavily patched boro length is called tozan, a type of cloth based on an Indian original. Tozan is known for its fine and tight weave and its distinctive stripes; it was produced in India, Europe and also in Japan. This piece is likely from Europe.
About 13 or 14 silk and cotton patches are hand stitched to this 19th century cloth and the arbitrary layout of these patches is beautiful, almost architectural in feeling.
A wonderful old cloth and a good one for the collector of Japanese textiles.