This is a beautiful Edo period sakiori kotatsugake(hearth cloth) from rural Nagoya, Japan. It has had some wear to the weft, but has been repaired with boro patches of hemp and indigo pieces from the era. This is a wonderful piece of Japanese textile Art.
Sakiori is the Japanese craft of weaving larger textiles out of smaller scraps of old fabrics. These textiles would be woven to create heated table covers, warm garmets, and informal kimono.
Recycling fabric scraps follows the Japanese concept of “mottainai”, which means to not waste precious cloth when it can be re-used.