Written on December 12, 2008
This is a wonderful boro yogi, or sleeping kimono. A yogi is a kimono-shaped duvet or comforter; yogi are lined and then stuffed with either cotton batting or bast fiber and are used for warmth during sleeping.
Although the shape of a yogi is that of a garment, it is not worn like a garment. Instead, it is placed over the sleeping person, exactly in the same way a comforter is used. This particular yogi is exceedingly rich in patches and stitching of indigo dyed cotton, its lining and batting have been removed, and because of this, we can see the amazing blizzard of patches inside and out.
Notice the wonderful texture created by so many patches and all the hand stitching. As I mentioned in earlier entries, precise dating for pieces like this is almost impossible as the making/remaking/repair/addition to a garment like this can span a generation or more, however I believe this yogi is from the late nineteenth/ early twentieth century.