Some art to inspire mending…
Found some lovely instances of mending – an absolute necessity for the slow wardrobe.
Worth fighting for. Mending is for things worth fighting for, don’t give up without a struggle.
A little slow wardrobe inspiration.
When most people see a rip or hole in their clothing they immediately discard it, viewing the item as no longer fit to wear.
For the peasants in Japan a couple hundred years ago this was not an option. Clothing was simply too valuable to discard because of a hole.
Rag sellers would travel through rural Japan selling bits and scraps of cotton. The women of farming and fishing families would purchase these scraps and use them to mend their homespun items.
Patch over patch, stitch over stitch, generation passing on to generation.
Boro comes from the “mottainai” sensibility, or the idea that the object is too good to waste.
How long will your clothing last?
For more information and examples of Boro