Boro Futon Cover (72)
Boro futonji with tsutsugaki, stripes and checks
Late 19th - early 20th century authentic stitched and patched boro futonji. It has been opened out lengthwise and measures approximately 3m x 1.2m in total. The main panel of the futon cover has been a wonderful faded piece of tsutsugaki. This is created by drawing a rice-paste resist design on to the fabric with a tsutsu ( a cone like an icing bag. It's then dyed in indigo and sometimes other colours are added. The back has been extensively patched with plain, striped and checked indigo remnants. The tsutsugaki panel would originally have been an expensive piece, not something peasant farmers or workers could have bought, so there will have been an interesting story as to how it came to be in such a humble state.