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Item Japanese Farmer "Mottainai" Patchwork Boro Noragi Cotton Vest.

At one time this garment was a jacket. Someone removed the sleeves to repurpose it as a vest.

Boro patched, then patched again and again. Wonderful variety of boro fabric patches.
Late 1800s
Fabric 100% Cotton.
Natural vegetable dyes. Home Spun, Hand loomed Indigo Fabrics with numerous textile layers & patches.
Across Shoulders
25 inches, (64 cm)
Across Bottom
25 inches, (64 cm)
From Collar to Bottom 28 inches, (70 cm)
Nice medium-heavy weight with several layers of fabric.
1.3 lbs
580 g
Wearable or can be used for a wonderful artistic display of a classic Japanese folk textile garment.

Someone has prolonged this garment's life through mending and relentless boro patching.

Ready to wear and/or for historical or artistic display.

We have washed, Ironed this garment.

Can be worn standard or reversed, either way beautiful.
Comments Wonderful example of the tradition of "mottainai" or the concept of the Japanese distaste of wasting anything which has remaining useful life. Mottainai is an old Buddhist word connected to the Shinto animistic concept that objects have souls and therefore, sacred.

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