Written on January 18, 2010
Of the many boro noragi, or patched and mended work coats, that I have seen over the years, this one, below, is a personal favorite.
This coat, probably a woman’s, is extremely thick from many layers of patching. The patches are all of really rustic, homespun cotton cloth, so the textural quality of the noragi is amplified by the toothy, hand woven cottons that were used to mend it.
The faded blues and the naturally unbleached whites of this coat are in beautiful contrast to the soft salmon colored patches that were dyed in benibana or safflower.
Note the way the dense stitching has embedded itself in the many layers of mending; gorgeous.
Which is the best view onto this noragi? The front, the back, the inside, the outside? Any way you turn this coat, inside or out, it’s magnificent.