Repaired Things


Japanese Boro Textiles
January 16, 2012, 2:27 pm
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Boro Cotton Kimono, Yamagata Prefecture (Northern Japan) c. 1900

“Boro textiles were made in the late 19th and early 20th century by impoverished Japanese people from reused and recycled indigo-dyed, cotton rags. What we see in these examples are typical—patched and sewn, piece-by-piece, and handed down from generation-to-generation, where the tradition continued. These textiles are generational storybooks, lovingly repaired and patched with what fabric was available. Never intended to be viewed as a thing of beauty, these textiles today take on qualities of collage, objects of history, and objects with life and soul.” — via Accidental Mysteries

This image (via Wafu Works) reminds me of Tsubasa’s Jeans, which his mother has mended over and over again.

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