Japanese Boro Placemat
Made in Japan
21cm x 33cm
“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.