Thursday, February 11, 2016

BORO Exhibition, Kimono House, Melbourne

BORO, meaning "rags" and a term that describes "patched and mended fabrics, showcased some pieces of hand stitched clothing and photography.
It is usually clothing and bed covers, sewn during the 19th and early 20th century.
Japanese families repaired and recycled everything, handing them down for generations.
 When the fabric is worn through and in need of patching with the rags, it is sewn on the inside of the garment, so only the sashiko stitching is seen on the outside.

 Indigo dyed fabrics used. 

ZOKIN - Dust Cloths
When the garments are no longer wearable, some of the fabric is made into dust cloths or perhaps nappies, nothing is wasted. The sashiko stitching is to give the fabric strength.
 SODENASHI - Farmer's Vest, designed for Sledge Pulling.

Child's Garment
 Woman's Undergarment 

 Kimono fabric, 12m in length after it is unpicked.
A child's kimono is 8m in length.


  1. We have become so wasteful, it is reminder that perhaps we can also make better use of worn items. Although I never want to sleep on a "sides to centre" mended sheet again.

  2. Hello, thank you for sharing your pictures with us. I love Japanese indigos.