Rare Japanese “Boro” textile, Boro, literally “rag” cloths, traditionally futon covers or rugs, were rurally made using whatever scraps of Edo period cotton cloth could be bought, traded or salvaged and sewn together in very graphic, abstract patterns. As only the middle class could afford cotton in bolt form, rural poor folk made do with what was at hand or bought from rag markets. The result are these beautiful, soulful textiles that are as much abstract art as fabric.

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