Boro is a Japanese patchwork technique. Typically boro was created with indigo-dyed cotton scraps. Most boro was made during the late 19th and early 20th century before western influence. At this time cotton was hard to come by and families were resourceful. Send us your jeans and we can help you start your patchworked masterpiece!
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A tote made from old pieced and re-purposed Japanese textiles -- "Boro" textiles. A bit of history: if this bag could talk . . .

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boro_kimono Boro is a Japanese word meaning “tattered rags” and it’s the term commonly used to describe patched and repaired cotton bedding and clothing lovingly used much longer than the normally expected life cycle.

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Boro futon cover “elaborately mended” courtesy of Sri Threads Beautiful, isn’t it? The base cloth is hand spun, hand loomed cotton and some of the patches are commercially produced cotton pieces, which tells us the cloth that comprises the futon cover has spanned at least one generation.

boro patched & sashiko stitched, mended jeans… from the Denim Dungaree Jeans Collection

I needed something to do with my old and torn jeans! Love the doily-esque painted details; going to actually stitch doilies from my collection on my own jean-quilt, I think.

A Beautifully Sashiko Stitched Boro Noragi: Shonai, Yamagata Prefecture. Great inspiration for patching and stitching my rose work shirt, especially the patches on the shoulders for reinforcement and the cut of the sleeves.

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