A Very Thick and Abraded Boro Piece: Rustic Shibori Fragment
early twentieth century
23 1/2" x 20", 59.5 cm x 51 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, the most surprising of which is a lovely piece of indigo dyed shibori which lends a subtle, graphic element to this fine old cloth, and also shows how many random pieces of cotton were recycled to make this utilitarian cloth. 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.