Boro'd Time


home boroI’ve always found it difficult to get rid of the small scraps of cloth left over after a piece of work has been completed.  This has become even more challenging since I started using eco-printing techniques and natural dyes: every little fragment has passed through so many hands, been laundered so many times in its original form and then torn up, dyed and printed by me, sometimes over and over again, until it has its own intriguing patina and unique history.

So, thank goodness I have discovered the Japanese tradition of Boro.  Originally a method of mending the working clothes of peasants, over and over again until the original garment is almost non-existent, this type of sewing is now considered high art and is highly collectible.  Unlike the rather embarrassed history of making do and mend, as it exists in British culture, the Japanese venerate the beauty of each stitch and, in the Boro tradition, the more visible the stitches, the more beautiful is the garment.

So, I have started to keep a “Boro Box” of all my little eco-dyeing and printing scraps in order to stitch them together.  They won’t make or repair a garment, but I will see how they develop – possibly into abstract landscapes.  Such is the pleasure of this slow, organic method of building up a surface through stitch, that I am planning on sharing the joy of it by running a course on the theme next year, in conjunction with my friend Jan Breckenridge.  She is a qualified medical herbalist and  fellow eco-print enthusiast, who will bring a whole host of skills to the table.


So, if you are interested, have a look at the Boro'd Time course page.


Email :    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.  
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