Multiple layers of extensively repaired and patched fabrics...
hand-sewn for practical purposes, for retaining warmth...
utilitarian assemblages such as futon covers
or clothing such as a 'yogi' (sleeping garment used as a blanket)
...abundant use of recycled indigo dyed rags
and handwoven cotton & hemp scraps,
some held together by thousands of 'sashiko' stitches
transformed into something precious and valuable.
"These textiles are generational storybooks, lovingly repaired
& 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."
~ John Foster, Accidental Mysteries blog ~
tatters, telling complex stories...
"although boro has become a bit of a trend these days, the raggedy edges
and patching and primitive approach to cloth making...there is a subtle reminder
that this was not an intended art form.
this was life, mending, thrift, respect for cloth.
this is the result of living small with consciousness of means.
the need to stay warm, the patience to repair, restore and to keep going...
and the resulting beauty in that."
~ Jude Hill, from 'art, craft, and dedicated intent' ~
All photographs courtesy of kimonoboy.com
where a short history on Japanese textiles can be found here.