An Indigo Dyed Cotton Boro Furoshiki: Well-Used and Very Patched
mid twentieth century
40" x 42", 101.5 cm x 106.75 cm
What a lovely boro furoshiki or patched and mended traditional carrying cloth.
This piece is well-used as can be seen by distended, distorted cotton at the center of the square, and as can be further told by the numerous patches to the surface of the piece: in fact there is little of the base cloth to be seen because there are so many patches hand stitched to it.
The color palette of these patches against the base is beautiful, much more subtle and alive than can be seen here on these detail photos: with the exception of three, large, pale-green silk patches, all the rest are cotton.
Pay special attention to the stitching as well: it is very well-done and is what you would want to see in a boro cloth.