A Length of Hand Spun Cotton Boro Cloth: Radiating Stitches

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
79" x 13 1/2", 201 cm x 34 cm

This length of hand spun, hand woven, indigo dyed patched cotton cloth is composed of three pieces which are hand stitched together. Also hand stitched to it are four patches: the tone-on-tone quality of this indigo dyed cotton is subtle and rich.

The patches are beautifully applied, especially the two on the bottom of the length which are highlighted on the accompanying detail photos. You will see the interesting stitching which holds the patch to the base cloth--the stitches run through the patch and extend from it, a very interesting way to sew.

The cloth is old and it appears that this may have once been a kimono that has been re worked to become a futon cover.

We know it was a futon cover because on the reverse side there is a light coating of cotton floss, remnants of which that have adhered themselves to the surface. After much effort in trying to remove them they have remained affixed to the surface.

This is a very good sized length of very good old cotton and one that can be admired or studied over time.