A Wonderfully Stitched and Patched Old Boro Cloth: Spectacular
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
68" x 19", 172.5 cm x 48.25 cm
This is a very good, old boro cloth, one that is one-and-a-half loom widths wide, is hand stitched from hand spun, hand woven cotton, and one that shows a great deal of white-on-blue sashiko stitching, the meanderings of which are extremely lively and surprising.
The visual feel of the cloth is complex: ten or so patches, the overlapping of cloth, the slightly wider-than-usual format all add up to make this boro textile a treat for the eyes.
In addition, this cloth is made from old, hand loomed cotton, and the warmth from wear is palpable. The blue colors are softly faded but still very much intact, the tracery of white sashiko stitching is really delightful, as is the area of tonal contrast due to the kasuri or ikat patches.
A beauty, with good age and with great visual appeal.