Over the Blue Horizon

boro futon cover, stripes and plaid with stripe border

A nice collection of vintage Japanese cotton fabrics are found in this four-panel boro futon cover section.  Interesting which ever side you are viewing! The primary fabric on the front side is a blue woven stripe, with three patches and a border on the top and bottom edge made from a blue and brown woven stripe.  The reverse side has a greater variety of patches - kasuri, stripes, a light blue and grey check, indigo and brown plaid.  The textile is entirely hand sewn with white or blue cotton threads.  There are some holes that are stitched around and mended, but others are not stitched.  There are not any holes that go through both sides of the textile.  Condition of the piece is good with wear appropriate to its age. – no big stains, rips, tears.


Rows and rows of sashiko stitching, spaced ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches apart, hold everything together and add a very interesting texture to the piece.  It measures 39 by 44 inches. 


‘Boro’, or tattered rags in Japanese, is a term used for the utilitarian folk textiles produced by rural, impoverished people such as farmers and fisher men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hand loomed and dyed cotton or hemp scraps of bedding and clothing were patched and stitched together to prolong the use of a fabric, strengthen it against wear, and increase warmth for the wearer. International collectors today recognize boro as a beautiful folk craft.