Boro Sampler

  • April 27, 2019
  • From: 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM


Learn about functional and decorative stitchery!

Boro is the Japanese art of mending, literally translated as "scraps" of cloth. A traditional patchwork style that has grown out of necessity, Boro stitching results in ornate textiles that are passed down through generations.

In this class, participants will be inspired by the art of Boro, and incorporate it into their own projects. Learn the language of these textiles and create your own Boro book sampler! 

Experience is not necessary, all are welcome!

When: Sunday April 27, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Cost: $35, includes materials

Instructor: Marie Utnehmer

*Spots are first-come-first-serve. If you are on the waitlist, you will be notified by phone when an opening is made available.

History of boro stitching

Although beautiful, boro cloth came about through pure necessity. During the 18th and 19th centuries in Japan, cotton was a luxury afforded only to the nobility. The lower classes had homespun fibers that were more difficult to make into a fabric and didn't last as well. By patching and stitching, the fabric could be strengthened and its life could be extended.

During these times pieces of cloth were re-purposed in various forms. Often starting off as a kimono then becoming everyday clothing, a piece of sleepwear, a futon cover, a bag then finally a dusting cloth. Every scrap was used until it wore out.

This relates to the Japanese philosophy of 'mottaini', which centers around wasting nothing of the intrinsic value on an object.