A Wonderful Length of Hand Braided Recycled Rope: Multiple Textiles
mid twentieth century
as shown: 18" x 6" x 6", 46 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm
This large shank of boro rope is braided from innumerable scraps of cotton (and other) cloth--a very generous length of rope is twisted into this shank.
Imagine scraps of ragged clothing and bedding, or rags which were bought from a rag merchant; this is the source of this hand made rope which was used for everyday tasks in old Japan, from tying goods for hauling to any number of other jobs.
The rope is fascinating to look at; the variety of commercially produced and hand loomed cottons that comprise it is just beautiful, and as a finished piece this length of old rope shows a good, mottled color palette.
A very good length of hand made rope from old Japan.