A Nicely Patched Cotton Boro Length: Woven Stripes
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
73" x 13 1/2", 185.5 cm x 34 cm
This is a really beautiful length of hand woven, indigo dyed striped cotton which has been mended over time. This length was culled from a futon cover.
The base color is a very deep indigo; this base is punctuated by pale blue and drab taupe warp-directional stripes. The surface is repaired and shows about eight, individual patches, each hand stitched to the surface.
Note that on the proper, right hand side the selvedge area shows a series of small holes which are illustrated on the accompanying photographs. As well, there is a small, coin-sized hole to the lower, right-hand edge of the boro cloth.
A subtle beauty, and one with age and character.
A really lovely piece from old Japan.