Boro Stitching

Indigo Niche designs Boro Stitching table runners, placemats, throw cushions, clothing, and quilts, which are available as patterns and in kit form.

Boro is the practice of using sashiko stitching to reinforce a textile item using spare scraps of fabric. For the peasants of Edo period Japan, it was necessary to get the maximum wear and use out of their clothing and bedding, so no scrap of fabric was ever thrown away. Instead, the process of continual mending resulted in beautiful textiles.

Over centuries, Boro has grown into a distinctively gorgeous textile art form. As with sashiko, boro combines practical functionality with beauty.

Things to remember when working on Boro:

1. Know (love) your fabric.

2. Appreciate the beauty in mending.

3. Use a quality sashiko thread.

4. Be creative!

For a better understanding of Boro Stitching, please have a read of my Boro blog.

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