My interest in Japanese textiles started from boro cloth I saw at my neighbour's home in Bangkok thirty years ago. It was an amazing piece of boro cloth that held the history of the maker and the users for generations. My Japanese neighbour told me that it belonged to her family for as long as she could remember. Having traveled to Japan in the last few years I have now seen more boro cloths in various shops, museums and private collections of friends. Of course I haven't owned one myself. I have one started and it is still a work in progress. You can read about it here. On my recent visit to Japan I was very fortunate to visit a boro exhibition of Chuzaburo Tanaka's collection at the Amuse Museum, Asakusa, Tokyo. It's an exhibition you can touch, photograph, and try on the boro clothes. We thoroughly loved it. And here are the photos I took to share with you. Enjoy...
|Tabi boots (toe boots)|
|boro futon cover|
|boro quilt with cotton padding|
|Sakiori rug (rag rug)|
|boro curtain still in good condition|
|boro kimono jacket|
|Cynthia was trying on boro jacket|
|Cynthia was showing the back|
|Museum shop which has fantastic blue collections|
Here is a boro vest I started since my return. I'm using vintage kimono fabric I brought back and some of the indigo fabric I dyed during the tour. I used an old vest I found at an op-shop that was perfect for the job. I have started putting some stitching on it now. Click to enlarge and see a close-up of the stitching. I used Instagram app on my iPad/iPhone to take the photos to give me the aged look!
Three books of boro collections from my very own Japanese library. I'm so lucky to have access to many Japanese books about culture, textiles, history, art and crafts. I can also request books that I'm interested in. I have put an order for books on kumihimo. Apart from Japanese collections, I also have a Korean collection at my library too. I have lately been interested in bojagi. I enjoy working at my library. I usually bring piles of books home in the weekends. Even though I can't always read everyone of them, I'm happy just to have them with me. Lis also posted about her visit to Amuse Museum so do visit her blog.
I think I only have enough photos for one more post on Japan. It's shopping in Japan. Sadly I didn't do very well on that one. Not a lot of opportunity and time, but I do have a few things to show you.
Till next time