Antique Kasuri Boro Futonji
Antique indigo cotton kasuri boro futon cover (futonji). It dates from late 19th - early 20th century. It is made up of four panels and measures 130cm x 160 cm. Apart from the obvious patches it's in good, sturdy condition. The hexagon design in Japan is called kikko or tortoiseshell. Tortoises are a fairly common motif on trousseau futon covers and are associated with longevity and good fortune but the all over kikko pattern isn't common in kasuri textiles. I think this would have been from a kakebuton - the top layer of bedding like a doona.
In recent years boro has become associated with visible mending, but the interesting stitching and patching on authentic boro pieces like this were on the inside of the futon cover and weren't meant to be seen.
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