Literally translating to “rags,” or “scraps of cloth” in Japanese, Boro is a symbol of a “use everything and waste nothing” philosophy.
From the 17th to 19th century, Japan adopted a policy, “sakoku,” which prohibited trade with all foreign countries. Cotton became extremely precious during this time period. Merchants, peasants and artisans saved every last piece, continually mending the fabric and passing down the patched cloth to the next generation. It was from this earnest ingenuity that the tradition of boro was born.
The patterns found in Boro fabric is developed over repeated hand-stitched maintenance and patching. Each piece of Boro is unique, growing in its artfulness and character with each tear-then-repair, continuing for countless years. Boro embodies a dedication to taking time, love, and care for craft and quality. We do our utmost to uphold these values with each product we design and create.