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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Simple, humble, yet somehow wonderful.....

the frugal Japanese make things out of discarded, worn indigo cloth. These are called boro, and were often used as futon covers.

Portland Oregon Japanese Gardens has recently hosted a show about these, called "Mottainai: fabric of Life." This blog post from Willy Wonka Quilts has wonderful photos of the show....and there is a catalog available from the gardens. [ NOTE:"mottainai"="waste nothing"]

Artist Melanie Testa is leading a group working on "boro" clothing, here! it is fun to watch her progress or join in if you have interesting fabric bits in your stash, an old garment which could use updating, and feel happy doing hand stitching....


Last February, I worked on something similar...raw edges and hand stitches with a bird included. It is a wall piece, not clothing, though!

1 comment:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Very nice! I thought of your today when I ate a red pear for a snack! It was so pretty in the fruit bowl, I hated to eat it! lol Happy holidays to you, my friend! ♥♥♥

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