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Indigo Kasuri Boro Patchwork Fabric | Kasuri Ikat Dye & Sashiko Stitch

Indigo Kasuri Boro Patchwork Fabric | Kasuri Ikat Dye & Sashiko Stitch

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  • Made from handspun natural cotton, repaired by hand
  • Dyed with natural plants
  • Historical Japanese boro culture, passed down from generation to generation

Amazing deep indigo blue boro fabric made in the mid-Showa era (1960's) from natural indigo dyed cotton with the kasuri (Ikat) dyeing technique. This fabric is cleverly repaired by its previous owners with bright naturally dyed cotton patches like purple, white and light indigo blue. All patchwork is repaired with the recognisable sashiko hand stitch, with all patches naturally dyed and made from cotton.

Kasuri fabric is a complicated dyeing technique similar to Ikat originating from Kurume, which consists of tying yarn threads before indigo dyeing multiple times, creating various patterns. The indigo dye cannot reach the tied parts, which will remain white and reveal the design after untying. Afterwards the yarns are untied and handspun, with the complete process consisting of 30 steps and can take over 2 months.

This particular fabric was used as a futonji, a cover on top of the traditional Japanese bedding containing 5 rows of handspun cotton. Due to its many repairs it has been used frequently and passed over from generation to generation.

This fabric can serve as a beautiful decoration or remake material.

Size: Length = 183cm (72"), Width: 164cm (64.5")

Boro tradition

The tradition of boro (rags) was created out of desperate necessity since cotton could not be cultivated in the freezing north (Tohoku region). This made every piece of cotton very precious. Out of sheer necessity, clothes and fabrics were constantly repaired and passed on from generation to generation.

Looking further than the embodiment of poverty, we can recognize a high degree of handiwork, skill and beauty produced by many nameless people of northern Japan.

Care instruction

All of our fabrics are cleaned by hand and do not contain any bad or old odours. Some colours have naturally faded due to age and exposure to the sun. Our fabrics do not contain mould or dust.

Due to the age of this fabric, we do not recommend washing it in a washing machine as the stitches could come loose. If it is necessary to wash the fabric, we recommend a warm or cold hand-wash with very little detergent.

Shipping and Returns

Kesapasa Shop offers two worldwide shipping options, standard and express shipping.

Worldwide standard shipping starts at 2000 Japanese Yen (€12,95 or $14) for all orders under 1kg. Standard shipping takes around 7 working days to arrive. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 10 working days!

Worldwide express shipping starts at 4000 Japanese Yen (€26 or $28) or all orders under 1kg. Express shipping takes around 2 or 3 working days to arrive. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 5 or 6 working days!

Japan domestic shipping has a fixed price of 1000 Japanese Yen (€6,5 or $7) for all orders located within Japan. Japan Domestic Shipping takes just one working day to arrive after the day we shipped your order. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 3 or 4 working days!


We have a 7-day return policy, which means you have 7 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase. Please note that in case you are not satisfied with the product or expectations were not met, all customers are responsible for shipping costs as well as duties on all returned items.

To start a return, please contact us

If your return is accepted, we’ll send you instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.

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Artisan's Profile

Kesapasa represents full transparency, aiming to show the craftspeople and process behind our products. This fabric was repaired in Japan by Jelle, please click below to learn more about his journey.