Boro is a Japanese word meaning “tattered rags,” and it is the term frequently used to describe lovingly patched and repaired cotton bedding and clothing, used well beyond its expected life cycle. It is made of natural homespun cotton and hemp indigo textiles of the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Like early North American patchwork quilts, boro textiles revealed much about a Japanese family’s living standards and the nature of the economy of their time. The Japanese rural wife repaired the family’s sleeping futon covers again and again by patching cloth scraps over thin areas and holes in the fabric. Adding sashiko stitch sewing to the repair gave greater strength to the material. Today, international collectors regard boro textiles as uniquely Japanese and striking examples of a bygone, lost folk craft.
32" x 52"
Vintage Japanese Boro Textile
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