A Superbly Beautiful Boro Length: Wonderful Stitching
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
66 1/2" x 13 1/2", 169 cm x 34 cm
This is one of nicest boro lengths we have shown in some time.
The base cloth is a cheery katazome dyed cotton showing stylized chrysanthemums; the hand spun cotton yarns and the hand spun cloth are a really marvelous base for this graphic, katazome pattern.
The luscious patches--15 in all--and intense stitching in two tones of blue cotton thread add so much to the beauty of this superb boro cloth. Not to move away from the stitching, pore over the accompanying detail photos to see the intensely close rows of stitches, done in what appear to be recycled threads--we may be wrong here, but the mending thread is rustic and gives this impression.
What is surprising about this cloth--which was clearly taken from a futon cover-- is that its full perimeter is finished in a white running stitch. Very unusual.
A highly recommended boro cloth that shows superb cottons and excellent mending stitches.