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A 19th Century Child’s Boro Kimono: Hand Spun Cotton Yarn

Written on July 20, 2013

ChildKimono01What a beautiful child’s indigo dyed boro kimono.  This one has very good age and wonderful, hand spun, indigo dyed cotton yarns.  It’s rich in ito aji, or the “thread flavor” that is an important attribute in considering old Japanese country textiles.

ChildKimono01aBy looking at these photos, it’s fairly plain to see that this piece has age, as the quality of the cotton and stitching communicate this to the trained eye.


ChildKimono01cAside from its obvious beauty, what I like about this child’s kimono is that there’s nothing “child like” about it, meaning there is no vestige of bold, large patterns or bright colors as can be often seen on children’s kimono, especially from the 20th century.  This is like a miniaturized adult’s kimono.

ChildKimono01d I love the quality of the cotton of this small garment.

ChildKimono01eIt measures 33″ x 37″ or 84 cm x 94 cm.



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  1. Comment by carolinelarnach:

    Oh wow, that is so beautiful. As I read it, my first thoughts were “but its not child-like” … which echoed what I read further down the post. Thanks also for the new words ‘ito aji’. I have become fascinated with all things boro and sashiko, thanks to you and Amy and tokyojinja … its an on-going learning experience, that is so rewarding.

    July 20, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

  2. Comment by jean betts:

    this is my favorite of all the pieces you have featured, absolutely exquisite.

    July 21, 2013 @ 1:53 pm