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An Artfully Patched Boro Maekake

Written on February 5, 2011

In my previous post, directly below this one, I mentioned that I love old, traditional, Japanese aprons.  Well, here’s another one, very different from the sashiko stitched piece shown in the last post–and this one is smashing.

This is an indigo dyed cotton maekake or apron, the patching and stitching are superbly beautiful, as you can easily see.

The tight tonal range of the blues really enhances the enjoyment of the arrangement of patches.  The fine weave of the mending cotton against the thick weave of the base cloth enriches the visual experience.

The back of the apron, shown below, is quite different from the front, yet it has a striking and subtle presence.

The apron measures 27″ x 24″ or 68.5 cm x 61.

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  1. Comment by Storycloth:

    Visual delight for sure! Thankyou. Gilly

    February 5, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  2. Comment by Rhonda Fitzpatrick:

    I lived in Kyoto, some 40 years ago, collected and adored old textiles even then, but they were not freely available even in the temple markets.
    My daughter who is an artist and lives in N.Y. sent me your site today and it was such a joy to feast my eyes on these wonderful, warm and worn treasures.
    Thank you.

    March 17, 2011 @ 10:46 pm