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Exhibition of Sri’s Boro Collection at Domaine de Boisbuchet: “Boro–The Fabric of Life,” Summer 2013

May 24, 2013

Boisbuchet1 I’m really honored that Domaine de Boisbuchet, internationally known for its prestigious design workshops is showing my collection of boro this summer in a featured exhibition.  The exhibition opens June 7 and runs until September 15.

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I will be traveling to the Domaine de Boisbuchet tonight and I will be installing the show with Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Boisbuchet’s artistic director, and, along with me, co-curator of the exhibition.  Students from Parson Paris will also be on-site participating in a workshop that will assist in the design of this summer exhibition.

Boibuchet3Also lending to the exhibition are friends and colleagues: Kei Kawasaki and Naohito Shikama of Kyoto, Japan, and Amy Katoh, of Tokyo.

Boibuchet4Hopefully I will be posting some shots of the installation in progress on my Instagram feed, so please do check in from time to time.

PLEASE NOTE:  Because I’ll be away for two weeks, any work purchased from the webshop will not ship until Monday, 10 June.  A new [email protected] will resume on Wednesday, 12 June at 11 AM New York time.

More soon…..

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A Beautifully Sashiko Stitched Boro Noragi: Akita Prefecture

May 13, 2013

BoroJacketShonai3This is a very sashiko stitched, indigo dyed noragi or work coat which was made in Akita prefecture.

BoroJacketShonai3aSashiko stitching covers this entire garment.  Above we see a field of squares.  These represent a grain measure, a wooden box called a masu.

BoroJacketShonai3bSeen below at the top of the photo is a border stitched in the kaki no hana or persimmon flower pattern.

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BoroJacketShonai3dThe quality of the elaborate stitching on this work coat is superb.  The stitching is done in a pale blue cotton thread, which could have been dyed blue before it was stitched onto the coat.  Or, perhaps, the entire coat was over-dyed in indigo and the once-white sashiko stitched turned blue from this second immersion in a dye bath.

BoroJacketShonai3eThe front of the noragi, seen below, shows patches, as does the back of the coat.  The patches applied to the shoulder areas are for reinforcement against wear.

BoroJacketShonai3fWhat can also be seen on the front of the coat is that the elaborate masu-designed stitching of the back of the coat is replaced by a simpler pattern of horizontal lines

BoroJacketShonai3gStill, the kaki no hana or persimmon flower pattern is still present at the shoulder area.  Since this decorative design is also densely stitched, it serves to reinforce this area.

BoroJacketShonai3h The jacket measures 31 1/2″ x  38″ or 80 cm x 96.5 cm and it probably was made in the first quarter or first half of the twentieth century.

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