A Long Pieced Boro Textile: Starched and Pasted
ca. mid twentieth century
147" x 12 3/4", 373 cm x 32.5 cm
This is an unusual and mysterious boro cloth--and it is also beautiful in its color, patterns and patina.
It is unusual because the entire surface seems to be coated with some
kind of sizing or starch which can be seen as a cloudy or milky coating
to the surface of the cottons, with some of this milky surface
treatment appearing as drips.
Take note, too, that the patched areas on this length are not stitched, they are glued. Quite interesting.
The mysterious part is in pondering what its original use was. At first it appeared to be an obi shin or a length of cloth that stiffens the inside of an obi. It could well be this, however there was a light film of cotton batting fuzz that could be found on the surface (since removed) which makes one think this was not used in an obi. Who knows?
There are seven separate pieces of cloth which represent six different types that are machine stitched
together to compose this long length of cottons.
As can be seen, the cottons vary from hand woven paste resist pieces to more discrete cottons. There are a few stains, as well, noted on the accompanying photos and some very interesting katazome fragments.