Boro Textiles – Can be seen in the perfection of imperfection

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Boro Textiles – Can be seen in the perfection of imperfection

Japan’s patchwork textiles are referred to as “boro”, or ragged, both in Japan and abroad. Boro textiles are usually sewn from 19th and early 20th century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton ( especially using Jean Cloth – indigo Cotton). The diversity of patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and hand stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker. Imagine that boro textiles were stitched in the shadows of farmland houses, often at night by the light of one dim andon, on the laps of farm women. This unselfconscious creative process has yielded hand-made articles of soulful beauty, each of which calls upon to be seen and admired as more than the utilitarian cloth they were intended to be.

The Boro textiles offer an insight into the modest lives of those who wore them, as well as the principals of the country in which they lived. The principal of “wabi-sabi” can be seen in the perfection of imperfection, “shibui” in the textiles’ humble nature and “mottainai” as a reflection of a societal effort to avoid waste. As technology evolved and cotton before more accessible, popularity of the Boro process faded, however Boro—The Fabric of Life is fast to note its importances to and impact on contemporary culture have been unforgettable.
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