A Pieced Boro Furoshiki: Recycled Clothing
early to mid twentieth century
42" x 39", 106.5 cm x 99 cm
This is a traditional, piece-constructed, boro furoshiki, a furoshiki being a traditional Japanese carrying or wrapping cloth, used by everyone in old Japan, and still very much a part of every day Japanese culture.
This one is hand stitched from what is most certainly recycled cotton kimono; there are two types of striped cotton represented here by eight separate pieces. The cloth is quite worn and shows some threadbare areas and a few holes, as can be seen in the detail photos here.
A subtle and richly pieced and striped folk textile, and one that speaks volumes on daily life in old Japan.