An Exquisite Boro Furoshiki: Intricate Mendings and Resist Dyed Motives
ca. late nineteenth century
48" x 50", 122 cm x 127 cm
In terms of lovely color, fine patching, wonderful stitched mending and good size, this boro furoshiki or a traditional wrapping cloth--is extraordinary.
The stencil resist dyed interlocking circles hold wonderful graphic appeal--and the fourteen or so hand stitched patches are a beautiful visual addition to this already good looking boro cloth.
Pay close attention to the accompanying photographs in order to see the mending stitches: in many cases they are formed in intersecting eddies of close stitching--quite amazing.
The indigo is a rich, medium-value, warm blue. It seems this furoshiki was fashioned from "recycled" cottons, and the end result of this repurposing of existing cloth is an absolutely beautiful, boro cloth that will no doubt hold its appeal over the years to come.
Very recommended. Just beautiful.