Boro

Boro

Boro

Boro
At Somerset House
now till 26 April

Boro translated from Japanese to English literally means ‘rags’. Boro is the collective name for items such as bed sheets and clothing made by the poor in rural Japan, mending and repairing the scraps of cloth they already had, creating new patchwork materials. Pieces were handed down from one generation to the next creating cloth that was basic but also hugely significant to the family, imprinted as it was with generations of care and love. All Boro cloth have similar muted tones, historically only the Japanese aristocracy were allowed opulent colours.

For more on Boro, both Kyoutit Tuzuki and Susan Briscoe have written on the subject, their books can be found below:

Boro:Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan by Kyouiti Tuzuki

The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations by Susan Briscoe