A Very Patched Boro Textile: Striped Cotton Length
ca. late nineteenth century
72" x 13", 183 cm x 33 cm
This is a really lovely boro panel whose base fabric is a lovely, old, hand woven indigo dyed cotton.
The woven design of wide stripes recalls fabrics of the late nineteenth century and before, and more likely than not this panel is taken from a futon cover--traditional futon covers were often sewn from this type of striped cloth.
Applied to the surface of this cloth are about 19 small cotton patches, and this profusion of mending adds a great visual lushness to this old Japanese hand loomed cotton.
A really good-looking old boro textile, and one which is deceptively complex in design.