Boro Stitching (aka Visible Mending) Workshop with Rob Jones

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Boro (more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching. A source of shame in Japan for many years, the fabrics are now highly prized and can fetch significant sums. Boro work follows the British wartime tradition of ‘make do and mend’ but was used out of necessity in Japan to prolong the life of clothes and bedding due to extreme poverty and the scarcity of textiles.

The practice of 'visible mending' has become increasingly popular, as part of the slow fashion movement, as a way to create a more mindful relationship with clothing, and as a form of self expression. Check out the hashtag #visiblemending for inspiration!

For this class you will need to bring in an item of clothing you wish to repair!

In this class you will learn:

  • The history and origins of Boro

  • How to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage

  • How to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work

  • Practice using visible repair to enhance and strengthen textiles

About your teacher: London-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural dyer. Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead. Rob's passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

Skills needed: Suitable for complete beginners.

Materials: It is important that students bring an item of clothing to repair. Fabric and threads are provided should you wish to just practice or start on a piece of your very own boro.

Class size: 6

Length: 3 hours

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

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