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Exhibition: Boro, Threads Of Life At Somerset House

If you’ve missed the Boro trend over the last couple of seasons, then you must have been on a very long vacation! We’ve been seeing the look crop up on runways, on the street and in retail in various different guises. But it’s important to remember that this is a trend born from tradition, something that should always be understood, respected and honored.


The exhibition explores the historical roots of this Japanese tradition where patched boro, meaning “Rags” were a necessity rather than a fashion statement. Now we see beauty in these layered “works of art”, but as recently as ten years ago, the beauty was seen only as a reminder of poverty within the Japanese community.

This exhibition will display 40 antique boro pieces within the East Wing Galleries of Somerset House collected by antiquarians Gordon Reece and Philippe Boudin. There are also events and workshops alongside the exhibition, so for more details, head over the the Somerset House website.

In the mean time, here are some more modern examples of colored boro from Kapital, Big John and Isabel Marant. Happy Friday!

Boro, Threads of Life

April 2 – 26, 2014
Daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission 

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