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An Exceptionally Beautiful Indigo Cotton Boro Noragi

May 2, 2011

In the past, I’ve shown several fantastically good indigo dyed boro noragi or work coats.  This one I am showing to day, I think, is a very good one–and one that is of the same high quality as the ones I’ve shown before.
I say this for many reasons.  First, the arrangement of patches to the top, back of the piece is exceptionally strong–and the placement of shape, size and color is visually perfect, at least to my eye.The jacket is made of wonderful, old hand loomed indigo dyed cotton which has been worn and faded beautifully.  The entire coat is stitched, adding a textural element.The stitching is beautiful, as can be seen above and below.The patina to the surface of the cloth is also a beautiful feature of the coat.  The faded blue has become soft and powdery in appearance.The proper front of the coat is also wonderfully patched and distressed–but it is the back of the coat where most of the magic happens.  This is a fantastically good boro noragi. And have a look at a very good piece for sale at the webshop, here.


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Rowland Ricketts at Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago

December 18, 2010

Rowland Ricketts, the American artist/dyer who grows and dyes with his own indigo, just closed a stunning show of his artworks at the Douglas Dawson Gallery in Chicago. We are very happy to show here installation shots from the exhibition, and please click here to see each of Rowland’s magnificent artworks in detail–large-scale noren which are made from paste resist indigo dyed ramie and hemp kibira.Rowland’s work with botanical indigo is some of the most beautiful of its kind, in my opinion at least.  And having said that, I’ve not yet heard anything counter to my opinion.

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