Beauty in Boro

Boro Jackets Short 00_WEB

Excerpt from: http://www.georginagoodman.com/wordpress/beauty-in-the-boro/

‘tattered rags’

The word Boro is a name used to describe textiles made by the impoverished in 18th and 19th Century Japan.

Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket

This was a process used by the poor who could not afford to buy new clothing and so pieced together old and scrap textiles to produced new garments and blankets…often using indigo fabrics… a colour ‘allowed’ to be worn by the labour class. The layers of patched patches provided extra warmth…a practical and utilitarian approach to clothing.

Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket late1800s Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket late1800s 2

The patches were of necessity.. not a visual decision by the maker … however the outcome is one of incredible beauty…the antique Boro clothing and fabrics are amazing… a true sign of craftmanship.

Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Shoe late 18th century Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; boro blanket late 1800s - early 1900s 2 Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; boro blanket late 1800s - early 1900s 2a Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; boro blanket late 1800s - early 1900s Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; boro blanket late 1800s - mid1900s Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket Early 1900s 2 Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket Early 1900s 3 Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket Early 1900s 4 Georgina Goodman Love Shoes and Other Stories; Japanese Boro Farmer Jacket Early 1900s

All images courtesy Kimonoboy.com and Srithreads.com where the antique Boro jackets and blankets can be purchased. All dating late 1800s – mid 1900s

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