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Antique Japanese *boro **aizome of early 1900s.

Hand loomed cotton. Rough selvedge edges.

Hand dipped in natural / botanical indigo. The shades of blue and green are just stunning.

It was once part of a sleeping kimono known as kaimaki or donjya. This is a very large padded kimono used for sleeping in. I found is without it's lining, although there was evidence it was once there. I took the remainder of the garment apart for reuse. Therefore, I have a lot of this fabric.

Full of antique character. Thick and sturdy. There is a small hole at one end. There is a brown mark as shown.

Machine washable and can be ironed.

It would make an excellent scarf, table runner, addition to your project.

Length: 420cm / 4.6 yards
Width: 34cm / 13.38"

*Boro is a highly collectible Japanese folk textile. This is an excellent example of Japanese utilitarian boro used around the home. In Japan, cotton was highly prized among the peasant class as a warmer alternative to hemp. Indigo dye was the best natural dye available to use with cotton. Indigo cotton became a quintessential Japanese fabric that was never thrown away and always reused.

To learn more about boro take a look at my blog post:

**Aizome, Japanese indigo cotton, is highly regarded and collected within Japan and across the world.

‘Ai’ (藍) means indigo and ‘some’ (染め) means dyeing. As a compound, 藍染め, is pronounced ‘aizome’ (ai-zo-me).

Deep shades of rich blue are produced with repeated immersion and airing. The deeper the blue, the higher the number of dips and the higher the value.

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My descriptions often refer to periods in Japanese history. Please use this for reference:

Edo Era: 1603 - 1868
Meiji Era: 1868 - 1912
Taisho Era: 1912 - 1926
Showa Era: 1926 - 1989
Heisei Era: 1989 - present


LONG Japanese Indigo Cotton. Artisan Aizome Boro Textile. Green Blue Vintage Folk Fabric (Ref: 1595E)


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  • Vintage Supply from the 1910s
  • Craft type: Dyeing & batik, Quilting, Sewing
  • Primary color: Green
  • Secondary color: Green
  • Primary fiber: Cotton
  • Length: 420 Centimeters
  • Width: 34 Centimeters
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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