Sunday, October 12, 2014

POTD - Boro

Detail of a boro  (rags) futon cover panel.   I've always loved these old  patched futon covers and garments  which are left over from a time when many people lived in poverty and  every scrap of fabric was valued and re-used.  When  I first started out 'boro' was a dirty word, now even  'boro fashion' is a thing, and prices for old original pieces have gone up accordingly.  The trick is to watch out for non-authentic pieces and that will become harder as prices go up even more. 

(Four years ago I wrote this post about boro. In that time attitudes in the Japanese textile market have changed and the term 'boro' seems to be widely accepted now. )

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