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A Big, Heavily Patched Boro Yogi or Sleeping Kimono

Written on December 12, 2008

This is a wonderful boro yogi, or sleeping kimono.   A yogi is a kimono-shaped duvet or comforter; yogi are lined and then stuffed with either cotton batting or bast fiber and are used for warmth during sleeping.

Although the shape of a yogi is that of a garment, it is not worn like a garment.  Instead, it is placed over the sleeping person, exactly in the same way a comforter is used.  This particular yogi is exceedingly rich in patches and stitching of indigo dyed cotton, its lining and batting have been removed, and because of this, we can see the amazing blizzard of patches inside and out.

Notice the wonderful texture created by so many patches and all the hand stitching.  As I mentioned in earlier entries, precise dating for pieces like this is almost impossible as the making/remaking/repair/addition to a garment like this can span a generation or more, however I believe this yogi is from the late nineteenth/ early twentieth century.

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  1. Comment by M. L.:

    Wow, the pieces on this site are beautiful. I’ve thought about making a quilt out of scrap fabric. I don’t have a sewing machine, however, and quilting by hand seems a very tedious, time-consuming process. So it’s inspiring to see that hand stitching can add such artistry to a utilitarian item.

    December 19, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  2. Comment by Zsuzsanna Margreiter:

    A wonderful yogi kimono. The page is very interesting for me!
    Many thanks and best regards,

    January 13, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

  3. Comment by laetitia:

    I have just finished a kimono made of recycled denim keeping the idea of a yogi. I just love the indigo color and the used effect on that one. This is why I love kimono so much, so easy to make yet so time consuming because hand sown! I would like to ad your page as a link on my post. Let me know if this is fine with you. Best Regards from Australia. Laetitia

    August 10, 2010 @ 6:24 am