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This belonged to a new bride named Yayoi. On her wedding day, this would have been given to her to take to her new home. It is a yutan, a cover for a chest of drawers.

A resist dye technique (tsutsugaki*) was used to decorate this with the kamon (family crest) and the brides first name (Yayoi) on the corner.

*A rice and water paste (nori) is squeezed from a cone shaped bag similar to that used when icing a cake.

It is hand sewn with eight panels of indigo cotton. The fabric is hand loomed, home-spun. There are many boro patches on all over this wonderful piece. The majority are hand sewn, some are more recent. Most patches are cotton, a few are silk. Judging by the position of the repairs, it appears it may have also been used as a furoshiki (wrapping/carrying cloth).

138cm x 131cm

Highly collectable Japanese folk textile / Japanese boro textile. Boro literally means scrap/rag of cloth, however it also refers to this type of Japanese collectible textile. The appeal of boro to collectors lies in the principles of "yuyo no bi" (beauty of practicality) and "mottai nai" (no waste) which are fundamental to these folk textiles.

Display as a wall hanging or a throw over furniture.

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

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Boro Indigo Tsutsugaki Dyed Yutan (Cover for Drawers). Meiji Era (1800s). Wedding Bridal Gift. Throw. Wall Hanging. (Ref: CF038)


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: indigo, cotton, boro
  • Ships worldwide from Japan
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