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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Frugality and Aesthetics: Japanese Boro Textiles

The curse of the internet--that you go from one thing to another, often losing your original destination--is also its gift. I was looking on-line for something (what it was, I do not remember) when I came upon this gift: Japanese boro fabric from Sri textiles.

Even though I don't sew or knit or anything, I love textiles. And the side of me that loves frugality, making do, and making something from nothing loves these boro textiles: patched textiles.

Like American patchwork quilts, these involve the transformation of necessity into beauty.

Check it out. Many people I know would be horrified by these, I'm sure. Do you like them?

This is my favorite: love the title intricate mendings. Of course, there is a bit of a paradox here: it costs almost $300.00.

I'm going to hunt down this book, if possible.


Duchesse said...

Just magical! I would buy one of these pieces and hang to display- beautiful on a wall. $300 or so is not much for such a piece of history, dyed and sewn by hand.

Shelley said...

I love it! Of course I wouldn't spend $300 for anything like it, but would rather do it myself. It is beautiful handwork of really high level of skill. I love any craft that extends the utility of something, and making it even more beautiful is even better. As you say, however, it isn't the kind of beauty to everyone's taste.

Rynth said...

$300 not bad for great and good quality items ,,, I like it to my handwork!!!!

thank you,,,

Procrastination Free Living

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse and Shelley--So glad you appreciate these too. Had you ever heard of them? I had not.