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A Fantastically Good Boro Kaya: Rustic Hemp or Ramie Mosquito Netting

Written on July 17, 2014

KayaBoro2I brought this magnificently beautiful thing back with me from my April buying trip to Japan–and when I first saw it my heart raced.  Such good, boro mosquito netting–woven from rustic hemp or ramie yarns as this one is–are harder and harder to find these days.

KayaBoro2aIts threads are rich, wiry and hand plied.  And the color: that watery, pale, blue or asagi iro as it’s called in Japan, helps create the impression of a cooling waterfall in the way I have it displayed.

KayaBoro2bThe patches and mending are gorgeous.  Have a look.

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KayaBoro2dI’m not sure when this was made, but I suspect it was woven in the Meiji era (1868-1912).  It’s large at about 107″ x 37 1/2″ or 272 cm x 95 cm.

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  1. Comment by elizabeth wilson:

    price please!

    July 17, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

  2. Comment by velma:

    very beautiful. i think sitting by it would calm and restore.

    July 23, 2014 @ 8:16 am

  3. Comment by helen cox:

    love,love,love,love it.it is wonderful.

    July 23, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

  4. Comment by judy martin:

    this is one of the most exquisite things I have seen on your site.

    August 27, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

  5. Comment by jude:

    beautifully light, i agree with Judy

    September 30, 2014 @ 8:15 am

  6. Comment by Romayne Cox:

    This is really exceptional.

    October 2, 2014 @ 11:03 am