A Very Handsome Boro Noragi: Patched Indigo Dyed Cotton
late nineteenth, early twentieth century
32 1/2" x 48", 82.5 cm x 122 cm
This wonderful, boro noragi or repaired work coat is hand stitched entirely out of absolutely beautiful, indigo dyed cotton. The cotton is of a very nice, heavy weight and has the unmistakable feel of cloth that has been hand loomed.
Its color, faded and not, is also just gorgeous.
Shown here is the inside of the jacket as that is where all the patching and mending can be seen. The construction of this jacket is very sturdy; all the seams are very much intact and the cloth is still very strong.
The base cloth is a woven stripe with some interesting, subtle variation to the pattern; the patches are of a very similar stripe, but of a somewhat plainer design. The combination of the two stripes is just beautiful and elegant.
A marvelous old coat, still very much able to be worn, and one that shows some very handsome, indigo dyed, hand loomed cottons of old Japan.