A Subtle and Patched Plaid Boro Cloth: Two Panels
late ninetenth century
35 3/4" x 26", 91 cm x 66 cm
This short, two-paneled fragment of cloth would most likely appeal to a connoisseur of Japanese folk textiles, or to someone with a very good eye for authenticity.
The fragment is deceptively plain, however, if your instincts are good you will respond to the very handsome indigo dyed cotton, the beautiful plaid pattern, the very regularly designed plaid, and the simply marvelous patches--seven in total, five of which are done in a basket weave pattern that is a favorite here at Sri. This basket weave cloth is called sankuzushi and is emblematic of Japanese cloth in the 19th century.
A very handsome panel of cloth, in good condition, with great age and fabulous color.