Japanese “Boro” Cloth


Boro is a Japanese word meaning “tattered rags” and it’s the term frequently used to describe lovingly patched and repaired cotton bedding and clothing, used much longer than the normal expected life cycle. Like early North American patchwork quilts, boro textiles revealed much about the Japanese family’s living standards and the nature of the economy of their time.


Often resulting in pleasing abstracted patterns completely devoid of conscious intent, they are now rare and highly sought after Japanese folk art.


19th Century


30” x 33” Antique Condition: wear consistent with age.