A Really Beautiful Old Boro Panel: Good Thread Taste
ca. late nineteenth century
76" x 25", 193 cm x 63.5 cm
For those of you who are looking for a wonderful, very good quality, attractive boro with age and authenticity, please consider this one.
This is a two panel fragment that has been taken from a larger piece, a futon cover. Its base cloth is a fabulous, hand woven, indigo dyed cotton cloth that is a design of medium-sized checks with intermittent , weft-directional kasuri blips running through. A very handsome, old, hand loomed cloth.
The base cloth is made of seven pieces of this checked kasuri which are hand stitched together.
On top of the rich foundation cloth are a multitude of beautiful, old, hand woven, indigo dyed cotton patches, about fifteen in all, some of the really gorgeous, old worn kasuri cloth. A favorite patch is the deeply indigo dyed one that can be seen at the top, right hand corner, a rustic shibori fragment hand woven from thick, hand spun cotton yarns.
An interesting note is about the checked cloth that is the substrate for all the patches: at the point of intersection of the white weft and warp yarns a hole has been formed over time, so this boro cloth is studded with tiny, regularly-spaced holes, mainly undetectable, but very charming.
The boro has wonderful color, wonderful age, and a really artful assembly of many fragment of fantastic quality old cottons.
An exemplary piece.