Discover the ancient art of Boro and Sashiko!
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Mottainai, I've been creating unique pieces using the traditional techniques of Boro and Sashiko. Each garment tells a story, woven into every patch and stitch, bringing new life to old textiles.
Boro, meaning "something tattered or repaired", was used by the peasant farming classes to mend their clothing with spare fabric scraps. Over time, these garments would be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. Now, I've taken this practice and used it to create one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art.
By embroidering with Sashiko, a form of running stitch, I breathe new life into the remains of my own indigo shibori fabrics. Each stitch is exposed, creating a sturdy method that is ideal for mending denim. The result is a distinctive look that cannot be replicated, as each piece is unique and takes many hours of labor to complete.
From denim jackets to bandanas, my latest creations are a labor of love that only makers and artists can execute. And with the added bonus of following the Mottainai philosophy of reducing, reusing, and recycling, you can wear these pieces with pride, knowing that you're making a conscious choice for both style and sustainability.
Join me on this journey of art and sustainability, and discover the beauty of Boro and Sashiko.