A Wonderful Large Boro Furoshiki: Sashiko Stitched, Resist Dyed
early twentieth century
65" x 63", 165 cm x 160 cm
This is a wonderfully engaging, indigo dyed cotton boro textile that contains many desirable traits: its large size; the sashiko stitched corners; the fantastic oversized central mon; the beautifully placed (and many) patches. This is a furoshiki which is a wrapping/hauling/storage textile.
This piece is large in size and when seen in person, the central, resist dyed medallion seems to create an even large scale to the piece: the mon itself means "large" which also helps reinforce the idea of its "bigness."
The color of the cloth is very good and what was hard to translate in the many detail photos attached is that the resist dyed areas are very pure white.
Each of the four corners is sashiko stitched in a stylized chrysantemum motif: pay special attention to the proper, left, bottom corner which shows some odd, sashiko stitched patching to the corner area.
In total there are upward of 20 patches studding the surface of this furoshiki and their placement and colors are wonderfully varied.
A superb boro textile with a great deal of visual interest showing a fantastic palette of techniques.