A Patched and Mended Boro Sashiko Furoshiki: 36 Patches

$295.00 USD

searly twentieth century
38" x 40 1/2", 96.5 cm x 103 cm

furoshiki is a traditional wrapping, storage or hauling cloth which is still very much in use all over Japan.

Before its patching and mending this indigo dyed, sashiko stitched one was a good example of its type. Because of the patches (8 in all), holes and light surface abrasion it shows a beautiful history in its surface and by its condition. It has been used hard and is attractive to us because of it. 

The proper reverse side of the furoshiki is highlighted here and it shows about patches which are strategically placed on the surface. The patches relate to the mending and reinforcing of the cloth due to a lifetime of wear and heavy use.

The sashiko stitching on its four corners is rather crudely done and you can see that the stitching of the chrysanthemum motif on the lower right and upper left shows broken stitches. On the top right corner the traditional, stylized hemp leaf motif is shown (note the tear) and on the lower, left corner we see the shippo tsunagi or interlocking circles motif (note the loss).

The color of the relatively heavy, hand spun, hand woven cotton is of a dark toned indigo; the furoshiki is completely hand stitched of three panels of this indigo dyed cotton.

Please note the center area of the furoshiki is slightly distended from wear and on the lead photo this is fairly easy to see. 

This is a very good looking, nicely patched and mended great quality boro indigo dyed furoshiki with great charm and wonderful age--and a strong visual presence.