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Item Old Japanese Indigo Cotton Boro Futon Cover, Repurposed From Worn Out Tsutsugaki Yogi (sleeping garment)

Wonderful example of the Japanese concept of Mottainai or not wasting something that can be repurposed. Mottainai is a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste. The expression "Mottainai!" can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly "what a waste!" or "Don't waste."

Mottainai is an old Buddhist word, which has ties "with the Shinto idea that objects have souls. Mottainai has been referred to as a tradition, a cultural practice, and an idea which is still active in the Japanese "cultural DNA", which has become an international concept.

"Iwainoshi Motif," see below.
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton Homespun, Hand Loomed.
3.3 X 5.1 feet
148 X 160 cm
Medium Weight
Strong, soft fabric
1.1 lbs, 520 g
Very Good Overall Boro Condition. Nicely sewn boro patches.

We washed & ironed this textile.

This textile is ready to use in your project or to hang as wall art.
Comment The large tsutsugaki graphic is called "iwainoshi". This graphic depicts long stirps of traditional Japanese gift paper bound together symbolizing strength and permanence of marriage.

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