Saturday, April 30, 2016

Seasonal Boro Mending with Gingko Leaves: Year Three

In preparation for the first of May, I have just completed the third year of seasonal sashiko stitching and boro mending on a set of hand-crafted Japanese-style garments. To see years one and two of this project, follow these links: Year One (Happi Coat)Year One (Kimono)Year Two.

This is a piece of process art and, as with my beloved Thread Cupcake, either you get it or you don't. Each subsequent year of this seasonal boro project gets more delicate and difficult, as the leaves from earlier years become more brittle. The focus and attention required are all-absorbing.

Happi Coat front with leaf color code

Happi Coat back

Stitching detail

Kimono front

Kimono back

Stitching detail

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