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Boro is a style of patchwork, though it is less about a craft or technique than a way to salvage textiles using scraps. The farming classes of Japan would mend torn clothing, futon covers and other textiles using rough running stitches out of economic necessity and the scarcity of cotton cloth.

Embodying the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi - the acceptance of imperfection - boros have many shades of color and a variety of textures resulting from being created over the course of many years by successive generations of a family. 

While each boro is unique, the process is the same. As everyday textiles would run thin or tear, a scrap of fabric would be layered over the spot and joined with sashiko stitching - long straight running stitches done with white cotton thread, through a bit of red thread might be used for a special occasion.

With the industrial production of post-war Japan and the modernization of the mid-20th Century, boros were largely forgotten as a reminder of an impoverished rural past. The work of historians to preserve the cultural legacy of the textiles brought boros back to prominence, as did the recognition of their artistic importance. Modern Japanese fashion brands have popularized boros by creating garments, accessories and home decor items using the layered, mended patchwork of vintage boros.


 
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12560 11 Boro Ivory Indigo Woven

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12560 33 Boro Dark Indigo Woven

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962 68 Boro Apron

$24.99

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KIT33400 Boro Kit

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Boro Wovens Fat Quarter Bundle - 24 FQ

 

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Boro Blues Fat Quarter Bundle - 15 FQ

 

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Boro Tans Fat Quarter Bundle - 9 FQ

 

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12560 41 Boro Patchwork Indigo Flax Woven

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12560 40 Boro Patchwork Indigo Woven

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12560 37 Boro Dark Indigo Woven

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12560 35 Boro Dark Indigo Woven

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12560 34 Boro Dark Indigo Woven

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12560 32 Boro Slub Canvas Ivory Woven

$14.99

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12560 14 Boro Indigo Woven

$11.99

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12560 31 Boro Ivory Dark Indigo Woven

$11.99

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12560 29 Boro Flax Woven

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12560 28 Boro Flax Woven

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12560 27 Boro Flax Woven

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12560 26 Boro Flax Woven

$11.99

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12560 25 Boro Flax Woven

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12560 23 Boro Flax Woven

$11.99

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12560 22 Boro Flax

$11.99

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12560 21 Boro Flax Woven

$11.99

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12560 19 Boro Indigo Woven

$11.99

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12560 18 Boro Indigo Woven

$11.99

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963 74 Boro Messenger Tote

$24.99

 


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