A Thickly Layered, Very Abraded Boro Fragment: Old Indigo Dyed Cotton

$135.00 USD
early twentieth century
22" x 20 1/2", 56 cm x 52 cm

This slightly off-square, very abraded and sashiko stitched boro textile is a fragment taken from a large piece, perhaps a heath cover called a kotatsugake.

It is marvelous for its rich, worn texture on front and back, the result of years of hard use in a traditional Japanese home.

The front of the textile, highlighted here, is hand pieced from many fragments of cloth which are very close in tonal range and provide an visual composition, dark in color, that recalls the work of the painter Ad Reinhardt (to some degree). It is sashiko stitched in pale blue cotton thread which hold together four layers of cotton, so the cloth is thick.

Each of its two sides is beautiful and all the cloth on and in this piece is old and hand woven.

A simply gorgeous boro cloth from old Japan.