Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Denim Daze - Boro at Somerset House.

Everyone is talking about it!
What is it? 
It is Boro.

It is always amazing when things appear, start as a soft whisper then gradually become more of a deafening crescendo! 
Since sometime last year B-O-R-O is one of those phenomena's!

The base of the Boro is original fabrics transformed into art and lifestyle indicators. The fabrics / clothing originate from the period of 1850 - 1950 - They were 'made' by Japanese everyday rural workers.
Some were kept as fabrics and used for bed linen or kept as Kimono style jackets and passed from generation to generation as heirlooms of sentimental value only. From these humble beginnings they create a cultural legacy documenting some of the lives of everyday Japanese workers.

They developed as the result of harsh dress codes, and rules as to what the poor could and couldn't wear, leading to these garments and fabrics developing a signature and aesthetic all of their own!

The beauty in recreated and crafted pieces of repaired work.
From poverty to works of art.

The repairing takes on various forms of artistic creativity, being patched and repaired in layers which in themselves, create strange landscapes of colours and textures. Through these intricate 'canvasses' we have become excited by the possibilities in turning fabrics from nothing into something delicate and treasurable.
Boro workshops have started to spring up everywhere! During the Blueprint show in Amsterdam there was one such workshop.
click here to see 'Looking forward to Boro workshop.'
Boro workshop at Blueprint. 

These were, once used fabrics, made into blankets and Kimono type jackets to protect the Japanese working class, while they laboured in rural fields. During this period, working class people, were only allowed to wear cotton fabrics, dyed Indigo, Brown or Grey. Thus identifying them as poor. (Silks and fancy fabrics were exclusively worn by the rich and higher classes.

These Boro fabrics, were worn or used until they needed to be repaid and patched. Some were so repeatedly repaired, that they soon took on a new life of their own. With the time spent 'making good' from rags, with dedicated work sewing in thick threads, and patching new contrasting pieces of 'found' or recycled fabrics to create, what we appreciate, as works of art.

The Art of the Boro was celebrated at Somerset House - Boro expo., where more than 35 Pieces were displayed.

Examples of Boro from Somerset house.

Other interesting Links into the world of the Boro- Trend Tablet made a feature

Enjoy. SR x