Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. A source of shame in Japan for many years, the fabrics are now highly prized and can fetch significant sums. Boro work follows the British wartime tradition of ‘make do and mend’ but was used out of necessity in Japan to prolong the life of clothes and bedding due to extreme poverty and the scarcity of textiles.
In this online workshop, led by Rob Jones, the participants will learn a brief history and origins of Boro, and they will learn how to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage, how to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work; practice using visible repair to enhance and strengthen textiles; applique and reverse applique techniques will be shown. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.
Participants will need the following materials and tools:
London-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a Shibori textiles designer and natural dyer. Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead. In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.
Rob will also lead an Online Hitomezashi Sashiko (stab stitch) Workshop on Tuesday 23 June 2020. If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
£25 per person
Booking essential - Priority for Japan Society Members and their guests
Please note that spaces are limited and early booking is recommended