Antique patched and stitched boro ('rags') futon cover panel. The base fabric is very old katazome ('stencil-dye') cotton which is stencilled with a rice-paste resist before dyeing in indigo. It probably dates from late 19th or very early 20th century but some of the patches don't look as old as the others - so it may have been used and repaired for many years. The katazome was made as a futon cover fabric but is a more expensive fabric than the plain indigos, checks and stripes that you usually see on patched boro pieces like this, which makes me wonder if this belonged to a family that may have seen better days. Most of the katazome futon cover fabrics we get come in much better, un-patched condition. The first patchy photo shows the reverse side of the panel.This piece is available in the shop and on my website.