Boro, The Art Of Necessity

Art And Theory Publishing, ISBN 9789198606584,
Pb, 168 pgs, 17 x 24cm
Acqn. 31329
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The Japanese term “boro” refers to rags and fabrics used for far longer than their expected lifespan. In order to recycle, transform, and create “new” textiles from old, various techniques are used such as patching and mending, reinforcing with simple stitch-work, or weaving from rags. Boro textiles were created throughout Japan from the 19th century into the 1950s, although the phenomenon can be traced far earlier. Published along with an exhibition in Stockholm, this book surveys the history of boro and examines its changing social, economic, and aesthetic status as a visual and conceptual source of inspiration for textile artists and designers, both in Japan and internationally. 'Boro - The Art of Necessity' tells the story of artistry born from hardship. It traces history and memories through patched and mended fabrics - a Japanese textile culture where no scrap of material is wasted, and whose economical creations were passed down between the generations. The book contains photo documentation of key pieces from the collection of folklorist, archaeologist and ethnologist Chuzaburo Tanaka (1933-2013). This publication surveys the history of boro as textiles, but also examines boro's changing social, economic and aesthetic status. It includes critical texts by Staffan Appelgren, Petra Holmberg, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Philip Warkander. With photo documentation by Kyoichi Tsuzuki. Published in collaboration with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm.