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A Superb Boro Yogi

Written on December 26, 2010

This is the kind of boro garment that, when one finds it, one holds on to it.  The age, the layers, the hand loomed cotton, the variety of patches, the stitching, the wear: this type of high quality boro garment is getting increasingly hard to find. This is a yogi, which is a sleeping kimono intended to provide warmth.  Shown here is the yogi’s outer layer.In its original state, this yogi would have had a lining, and would have been stuffed with either cotton wadding, or, probably more realistically, okuso, or the leftover fiber from the hemp yarn making process. The reason that some yogi were stuffed with okuso is simple: cotton wadding was something of a luxury for rural folk and okuso was material that was more available.Even though yogis are kimono shaped, they were not  worn as a garment.  The functioned as a duvet or comforter: you slept under this yogi which was draped on top of you as you lay on your futon.This is a beautiful, old, boro textile.  It measures 57″ x 48″ or 145 cm x 122 cm.

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  1. Comment by Claudia:

    The boro textiles are my favourites that you show. They always take my breath away. How I would love to slip this one on!
    Beautifully photographed ,as usual. Any chance of a book?!

    December 27, 2010 @ 2:26 am

  2. Comment by indiana:

    i too am wondering whether a book is in the offing…

    December 28, 2010 @ 7:45 am

  3. Comment by ladycrumpet:

    Fascinating! Not to be irreverent, but in its purpose and form it seems like a far more elegant precursor to the Snuggie.

    December 30, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  4. Comment by Jannette:

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

    December 30, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  5. Comment by Lynda Howells:

    just amazingx

    December 31, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  6. Comment by glennis:

    an inspiration.

    January 17, 2011 @ 2:16 am

  7. Comment by Joan James:

    OH! The stories it could tell!!

    January 17, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  8. Comment by Anne&Ghis:

    Magnifique. Ces tissus ont une âme …

    January 17, 2011 @ 7:51 am

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