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Japanese Farmer "Mottainai" Patchwork Boro Noragi Solid Indigo Cotton Vest.

The original "vintage indigo", recycled fabrics. Someone has prolonged this garment's life through mending and relentless boro patching

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 shades of indigo boro fabric patches.

One of our regular pickers knew I was searching for a incredible boro garment and he graciously held this vest so that I might have the first look before anyone else. When he presented this vest to me, I immedialtey knew I had to have it, no matter what the cost.
Late 1800s to early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton.
Natural indigo vegetable dyes. Home Spun, Hand loomed Indigo fabrics with several textile layers.
Soft. Wonderfully faded indigo.
Across Shoulders
28 inches, (70 cm)
Across Bottom
28 inches, (70 cm)
From Collar to Bottom 32 inches, (80 cm)
Nice medium-heavy weight with several layers of fabric.
1.8 lbs, 818 g
Wearable with care or can be used for a wonderful artistic display of a classic Japanese folk textile garment.

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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