A Very Boro Compressed Re-Purposed Shirt: Perhaps Zabuton
early twentieth century
22" x 19", 56 cm x 48 cm
This is a very unusual and very wonderful object made from recycled clothing.
It is a thick, Western-style white cotton jersey that has been compressed and stitched together: the actual purpose for stitching this shirt as done here is not known, but it appears that this was probably used as a sitting mat or zabuton.
The base cloth is machine finished and hand-repaired.
This textile is the kind of curious object that provides us a real window into old Japan and demonstrates the frugality, invention and resourcefulness of the people at that time.