Asian Gallery Temporary Exhibtion Gallery Mezzanine linked to Level 1, NGV International
Boro kimono were made from recycled cotton scraps in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by impoverished Japanese people out of necessity. This example uses a technique known as sashiko (grid of small stitches) to strengthen the overall garment. In the true spirit of mingei, boro textiles are the creations of unknown craftspeople who never intended them to be viewed as a thing of beauty. However, in a contemporary context they have qualities of random collage and spontaneous design imbued with a life and spirituality of their own.