Excerpt from: http://www.georginagoodman.com/wordpress/beauty-in-the-boro/
The word Boro is a name used to describe textiles made by the impoverished in 18th and 19th Century Japan.
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.
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.
All images courtesy Kimonoboy.com and Srithreads.com where the antique Boro jackets and blankets can be purchased. All dating late 1800s – mid 1900s