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A Wonderful and Unusually Mended Boro Work Coat

Written on October 23, 2010

By unusually mended, I mean the long, narrow, vertically oriented mendings that add character to the back of the exterior of this indigo dyed cotton boro noragi, or work coat.They’re strange and beautiful–and there are many of them.  I like them.  The mendings appear to be like raindrops, or spilled paint–something liquid and randomly placed.This is a real boro jacket in the sense that it shows wear, mending, and more wear: there are unmended areas here and there.

This jacket is as visually interesting outside as it is inside, which is not always the case with boro garments.  Have a look below for some images of the coat’s “lining.”

The stitching, seen below, is fantastically quirky and somehow very sophisticated in the way it snakes around itself.

I’ll be offering this coat on my webshop this coming Wednesday.

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  1. Comment by Jean Betts:

    It is one of the most charming that I’ve seen. How often do you see the edges of patches turned under before stitching? Full of personality.

    October 25, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  2. Comment by kaari:

    i love the amoeba or bean like shapes – brilliant!

    October 25, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  3. Comment by Victoria:

    “fantastically quirky”. What a great way of putting it. I love that aspect and wonder what occupied their thoughts as they stitched away with such free abandonment. I hope they wore this jacket with their head held high. I know I would.

    October 28, 2010 @ 6:54 pm