'Something Boro'd, Something Blue' Boromono Bag Kit
This bag is based around the principles of boromono - a Japanese form of mending using scraps of fabric and large, visible stitches. Boromono (or boro for short) was commonly used in the north of Japan several hundred years ago where times were hard and winters were harsh. Layering fabric and stitching it creates air pockets and clothing becomes warm with just two or three layers of cloth.
Boro also embraces the Japanese philosophy of mottainai, a respect for all objects and a sense of regret when something has to be discarded. By repeatedly patching and mending, the same garment can be worn by several generations.
Boro stitching is very free with few rules or limits; this makes it a mindful practice where you can just go where your stitches take you and not worry about neatness or perfection. Wonky, uneven stitches are fine! Likewise there are no hard and fast measurements, so if you want to make the straps shorter or the gusset deeper, that's up to you.
- Fat quarter of plain blue fabric - this is your base piece which you will add patches to, to make the bag
- 8 smaller pieces of patterned/red fabric which are your patches (these pieces make approximately one fat quarter in total, and may vary)
- 100m skein of cream sashiko thread
- Pack of two sashiko needles
- Wooden button
- Full written and photographic instructions
Approx. 25cm x 18cm x 10cm