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Length: 169cm
Width: 87cm
Weight: 613g

Highly collectable Japanese folk textile / Japanese boro textile. A futon cover from Meiji Era, late 1800 to early 1900s.

Katazome indigo dye cotton. Chrysanthemum design. (Katazome is a resist dye technique using flour paste though a stencil)

The lighter blue photos are truer than the darker blue.

The fabric is hand loomed, home-spun. It is handmade with nine boro pieces. There is one boro patch on the back.

(boro means scrap/rag of cloth, also used to describe this category of collectible textile)

There are a few marks and small holes here and there, but generally excellent condition.

Best preserved as a wall hanging, but could also be a throw over furniture. It is durable, washable. However, take care as boro items are likely to keep their value or perhaps even increase due to the rise in international popularity.

The attraction of boro to collectors is the shabby-chic appearance and the principles of "yuyo no bi" (beauty of practicality) and "mottai nai" (no waste) which are fundamental to these folk textiles.

To learn more about boro textiles, please read my blog:

After buying a boro scarf at a Tokyo flea market I wanted to learn more about the scruffy, stylish fabric. I pulled at a loose thread and unraveled an interesting tale going back hundreds of years.

Boro was born of forgotten values of ‘mottainai’ or ‘too good to waste’. An idea dangerously lacking in the modern consumer lifestyle.

The charm of boro is not only the indigo shades and shabby street chic, or even its eco-friendliness. Sewn together over generations, family sagas are woven through the threads. Link below to read on…



Listed with EMS shipping with tracking and insurance. Airmail is also available at a cheaper rate if required.

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RESERVED for Jared, Katazome Indigo Textile, Futon Cover, late 1800s