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Some Very Good, Old Boro Paper

Written on December 14, 2013

Today I’m showing some pieces of “boro” paper from my personal collection.  These pieces are several layers thick and they are glued together from old ledger books, creating unintended, tone-on-tone collages.  Each very beautiful.  They date from the 19th through the early 20th century and each is about 30″ or 76 cm square.  The are said to have been used in pawn shops to wrap goods.











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  1. Comment by elizabeth wilson:

    love them!

    December 14, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

  2. Comment by Stephen:

    Thank you, Elizabeth!

    December 14, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  3. Comment by dinahmow:

    I, too, love this use and re-use approach. But in the case of some of these papers I think I’d want to frame, rather than re-use them!

    December 14, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  4. Comment by Carol Ann Eades:

    So utterly exquisite with inherent design so typical of all things Japanese. I so want to touch and see these the colours are so subtle.

    December 15, 2013 @ 4:13 am

  5. Comment by Aoife:

    These are beautiful. Do you have any for sale at all?

    December 15, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

  6. Comment by velma:

    a respect for paper coupled with thrift makes a beautiful newly useful thing.

    December 15, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  7. Comment by irini gonou:

    so nice!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  8. Comment by irini gonou:

    so nice!!!!!

    December 20, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

  9. Comment by irini gonou:

    so nice!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  10. Comment by Carol Ann Eades:

    Extremely beautiful – I would so very much like to see and touch such ancient objects

    January 8, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  11. Comment by Kristin Freeman:

    These are so beautiful…what a treasure to have either framed or to use in a new creation..I have just taken in each piece and dreamed of seeing them up close

    January 8, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  12. Comment by Linda Hanauer:

    Do you have any boro paper for sale, even remnants?

    Do you have any old paper for sale?


    January 18, 2014 @ 11:52 am

  13. Comment by margy malan:

    love the textures – the paper – ALL of it .
    Thank you

    February 13, 2014 @ 6:42 am

  14. Comment by Anne Smith:

    I was born in the wrong time and in the wrong place. Delicate, ash fragile or leather thick, natural fiber textiles and papers transport me to a higher plain.

    March 8, 2014 @ 2:59 pm