Beth Ross Johnson – BoroBoro Ori Yardage

The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the patchwork tradition of Japan (Boro) that is becoming popular all over the world. I used leftover threads and made four separate warps which I put together. In trying to keep the fabric consistent, I had to triple some of the threads because they were so fine. I wove the yardage in such a way that it looks random, but I was actually keeping track of the different pattern areas and balancing lights and darks. The ‘stitched’ patterns are woven in a supplementary warp and weft technique called Sashiko ori. I have been researching this technique for the last couple of years using Japanese and Peruvian sources.

Structural notes: Sashiko ori, weft ikat (controlled and random), log cabin

Dimensions: 28 x 142 inches (71 x 361 cm)

Materials: Leftover cotton threads various sizes 10/1, 10/2, 8/2, 5/2, including hand-dyed indigo and natural colored cotton

Loom: Glimakra 6-shaft countermarche loom

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