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A Silk and Cotton Boro Han Juban: Some Hemp Thread Stitching

Written on February 22, 2013

SilkBoro2Since I specialize in indigo dyed cotton boro textiles, today I thought I would show a variation on this theme by posting images of a silk and cotton piece-constructed han juban, a half under-kimono.

SilkBoro2aIn old Japan, many han juban were made by piecing together scraps of cloth and no doubt you’ve seen examples on this blog.  In this case, both indigo dyed cotton and silk fragments were pieced together using a very strident and noticeable stitching, much of it done using hemp thread.

SilkBoro2aaOn the above photo you can see how direct the stitching on this han juban is.

SilkBoro2bAnd above you will see a detail of the collar area: the bottom part of the collar is indigo dyed cotton and the top is of nice, 19th century katazome silk.

SilkBoro2cAnd the inside is very interesting, as well, with more examples of piece construction.


SilkBoro2eThe back, too, has interesting details.

SilkBoro2fI think this piece probably dates to the Meiji era (1868-1912) and it measures  30″,76 cm from shoulder to hem x 48″, 122 cm from sleeve tip to sleeve tip.


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  1. Comment by velma:

    this one has quite the personality.

    February 22, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

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