Patchwork tattered rags

Blue: Boro

During and after the devastation of the second world war, rural folk of Northern Japan would rescue and reuse old textiles to give them a longer life than expected. Through the patchworking technique called boro, meaning ' tattered rags', the indigo dyed cloth was layered and stitched together to re-create blankets, futons and repair clothes.

At the time, the Boro technique held a certain amount of shame, as it was the symbol of poverty, that was so present in this area of Japan. Today the technique is celebrated for its compositional quality and beautiful handwork skills.

Ah, the Japanese!