Exhibition dates: 23 January – 10 April 2016
For anyone lucky enough to live within reach of Kobe, Japan, there is currently an exhibition of boro textiles on at the Kobe Fashion Museum. The show includes around a hundred works that include peasant wear alongside the work of contemporary designers. Leading the line-up of big names from Tokyo Fashion Week are the elegant Matohu, nostalgia-infused WrittenAfterwards and cult brand Keisuke Kanda.
Boro, a type of rag patchwork made of indigo-dyed fabric, held together with row upon row of sashiko stitching, is a technique that has been used for generations in Japan. But while it used to be the preserve of the poor, this technique has recently caught the eye of the fashion world, and has inspired works for catwalk shows in the West. This exhibition combines elements of boro textiles past and present, and looks to be well worth a visit.
For more information, visit the website of the Kobe Fashion Museum, Japan.