Antique Japanese Boro Textile: A Futon Made From Salvaged Happi Coat
This is a boro futon-ji covering, made up indigo dyed cottons that are first cut into re-usable pieces, and then patched together.
As was customary in old Japan, cloth was recycled and repurposed. The panels of cotton used for this particular futon were taken from a happi or hanten, a resist dyed work or festival jacket which is of an easily identifiable design. Here, two different happi coats are lined up side by side, with a repurposed lapel running along the far right side.
We quite enjoy this particular boro because it strays from the standard multi-layered, patched and stitched boro we come across. It's a simple concept—joining the spare parts from discarded jackets—but the result is bold and striking.
Dimensions: 56 x 72in ; 144 x 182cm
Early to mid 1900s