Early 20th century Japanese Boro

Early 20th century Japanese Boro


Early 20th century
46″ x 43″

Boro are utilitarian Japanese textiles formed of sewn-together cotton and hemp fragments in different shades of indigo. They have rightly been elevated to works of folk art. Each unique textile expresses a reverence for quality, beauty and usefulness that we feel is shared by Japan and Scandinavia, and so we find a particular harmony in their display with Scandinavian design.

In the best boro, the placement, shape and color of the patches creates a visual poetry akin to colorfield painting. We find both sides of this smaller boro to be equally moving.