A Rich and Rustic Patched Zanshi Length: Wonderful Stitching and Old Cloth
ca. late nineteenth century
64 1/2" x 13 1/2", 162.5 cm x 34.25 cm
For those who have seen boro textiles first hand, you will see that this piece is a very good example.
The age of this piece is very apparent, which is a good thing. The base cloth is a wonderful, hand woven zanshi ori cotton, one that is woven from leftover yarns. This base, which is able to be seen in detail on the accompanying detail photos, is richly colored with warm indigo and shows a great deal of abrasion from age and from wear.
The patching on this piece is particularly good: you see great, big pieces of old indigo which are hand stitched to the zanshi ori base. As well, in contrast, there are very good, smaller pieces of old hand loomed cotton which, by their arrangement, add a great deal of rustic beauty to this old length of cotton boro.
Have a look at the accompanying photos to see the age and beauty of the fragments used to patch this length, as well as to admire the overall beauty of the finished piece.
A very good boro cloth, and recommended.