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Japanese Boro Placemat

USD$29.53

100% Cotton

Made in Japan

 

21cm x 33cm

 

In stock

SKU: TX028 Categories: , Tags: , ,

“Boro” are a class of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together.

A traditional patchwork style, Boro, meaning “ragged”, “tattered,” or “repaired”, the clothing was worn by peasant farmers, merchants or artisans in Japan from Edo up to early Showa (17th – early 19th century).  Cotton was not common in Japan until well into the twentieth century, so when a kimono or sleeping futon cover started to run thin in a certain area, the family’s women patched it with a small piece of scrap fabric using Sashiko stitching.

In many cases, the usage of such a boro garment would be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending.

This item can also be used as a potholder.

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