Over the Blue Horizon

Boro

‘Boro’, or tattered rags in Japanese, is a term used for the utilitarian folk textiles produced by rural, impoverished people such as farmers and fishermen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hand loomed and dyed cotton or hemp scraps of bedding and clothing were patched and stitched together to prolong the use of a fabric, strengthen it against wear, and increase warmth for the wearer. These rustic textiles combines traditional Japanese weaving, dyeing and stitching with years of wear and hard use, resulting in a beauty that can be viewed as contemporary art.