Exhibition dates: 2 – 26 April 2014
Beginning next week, Somerset House will host an exhibition on the Japanese textile tradition of boro. Translated to ‘rags’ in English, boro is the collective name for textiles – usually clothing and bed covers – made by the poor, rural population of Japan who could not afford to buy new when necessity required, and had to make ends meet by piecing and patching discarded cotton onto existing sets, forming something slightly different each time they did so. Generations of Japanese families repaired and recycled fishermen’s jackets to futon covers, handing them down, and weaving their own sagas and stories through the threads.
This is a stunning collection of rare Japanese patched indigo textiles, which appear to transcend their origins to become exquisite objects of abstract art.
For more information, visit the website of Somerset House, London.