A Very Patched Hemp Kaya: Three Panel Boro Mosquito Net
early to mid twentieth century
73" x 31", 185.5 cm x 78.5 cm
This is a beautifully assembled and patched hemp kaya or traditional mosquito netting.
These three panels, hand stitched to one another and composed of seven pieces, were taken from a larger piece which would have been composed as a tent. The tent would have been suspended from the ceiling of a room and would have enclosed a bed or beds
The green color is rich and vibrant and it is almost assuredly due to the use of synthetic dye.
However the profusion of twenty patches and their placement all over the area of this kaya make this a wonderful textile to behold and one that will no doubt give a great deal of pleasure over time. It looks especially good back-lit as the rhythm of its patches and seams is most noticeable.
There are some holes and some loose yarns on this kaya, but none of its flaws detracts from its beauty.