January 23, 2012

nick emailed me with some wonderful images tonight, including the lovely and highly-collectible boro, a type of patched japanese textile composed of recycled and reused fabrics that literally means “rag.” japanese textiles have always been a source of inspiration for me, so after researching boro, i was excited to discover sri, a textile gallery in brooklyn that specializes in japanese and indian folk textiles. not only do these pieces have a rugged beauty, but i love the histories of the individual and of the people as a whole that exist within each hand-woven, hand-dyed and hand-stitched piece. boro was the cloth of the people, worn by the working class who were not allowed to wear the brightly colored and expensive silks of the higher classes. the concept of reusing resources, repairing and not discarding, grew out of necessity but is also very practical and reduces waste- something we need to focus on in our own culture!

there was an article in the ny times a few years ago about stephen, who runs the collection out of his home in greenpoint. i hope to have time to visit while i’m in town in a few weeks! here are some images from his online shop, only a fraction of the whole collection.


40 years of torn dresses, hits...
makes me want to climb a mount...
It's Just Paradise

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3 Responses to patchwork

  1. Kit on January 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    My mum is obsessed with boro textiles! She also loves indigo dyeing. She travels to Japan all the time to study all the ancient techniques.

    • rrrebecca on January 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      That’s awesome!!! When I finally get to Australia she should do a workshop all about it! Moms are the best! :)

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