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!
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.