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A Boro Asa Textile: Beautiful Translucency

Written on February 28, 2011

Japanese asa, or bast fiber cloth, is wonderful in so many ways, and I love the way patched hemp or ramie cloth looks against the light.This piece here is sewn from two one-loom-width pieces of indigo dyed hemp cloth; the cloth is recycled from a kimono, as we can tell by the two resist dyed family crests which appear on the piece.I’m not sure what was the intended function of this piece, but it’s finished on the top and the bottom.  I’m showing it on the webshop this week. It looks quite different there as it is not seen with light streaming trough it.Lovely patches–and some holes along the center seam.

Can you see one of the resist dyed family crests in the  photo, above?  The crest depicts two stylized cranes.

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  1. Comment by paula:

    wow, what a difference, on the webshop and here. thanks for displaying it so stunningly!

    February 28, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  2. Comment by caro:

    Oh, if only I had seen your post earlier today. It’s gone, sold already. It’s exquisite! Boro, but with the transparent effect of pojagi. Plus the resist dyed crests! Should only be hung in light, I think. At least I can come back here and stare at it whenever I want.

    March 1, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  3. Comment by caro:

    I mean yesterday. Can’t believe it’s March already.

    March 1, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

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    March 1, 2011 @ 10:49 pm