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Boro - The Japanese art of mending and patching fabric with KOBO A-B
Boro - The Japanese art of mending and patching fabric with KOBO A-B
Boro - The Japanese art of mending and patching fabric with KOBO A-B
Boro - The Japanese art of mending and patching fabric with KOBO A-B

Boro - The Japanese art of mending and patching fabric with KOBO A-B

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Course summary:

BORO — ぼろ 襤褸 In Japanese, describes mending and patching fabric. The term is now commonly used in reference to all Japanese textiles that are patched or repaired garments or bedding which have been mended, using fragments or oddments of cloth. 

BORO textiles originate from the Edo period through to the beginning of the Showa period in Japanese history. These items were often handed down from generation to generation, usually within a family. And have become prized and treasured pieces of textile art, for the beauty inherent within each piece. 

Our BORO workshop begins with an introduction and by looking at pieces from the KOBO A-B BORO collection. We will then introduce you to and teach you the basics of Sashiko stitching and the patching/construction process of creating a BORO-inspired piece. 

 What you will learn:

• How to use mending stitches.

• The application of repair and mending techniques, using scraps of both modern and vintage Japanese fabric.

• The use of visible repair stitch techniques to enhance and strengthen textiles.

• New approaches to creating textile projects, using fabric scraps with traditional stitching techniques.

Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

Tutor biography:

KOBO A–B is a collaboration between Hiroko & Nigel Aono-Billson. It began as an extension of their home and the collection of things within it. Their ambition has been to introduce traditional Japanese heritage and culture through the objects and items that personify the skills and labours of Japanese craft makers.

The pieces that they have had in both their physical and online shops have been carefully selected, with all products and items principally from Japan, though more recently they have added a pieces made by makers in this country that complement their approach and philosophy. Currently in a transitional phase, KOBO A-B has no immediate plans for a new high-street presence, but continue to run their BORO workshops and the occasional pop–up shop and event. We are very excited to welcome them to our team of visiting expert tutors at Atelier Beside the Sea.


MAKE Arch 1 and Brighton Beach.  Please check in with a member of staff at the shop till area to be directed to the correct area.

Refreshments provided:

Refreshments, tea and coffee are provided during class. Please bring a packed lunch, or you can make use of our wonderful location and local cafes.

What to bring with you:

Please bring a notebook, pens, pencils, dressmakers pencil or chalk, scissors, pins, and a tape measure. 

We provide vintage and antique Japanese fabric, needles and thread for your use. We will introduce examples of BORO work and stitching styles and provide a range of reference books for you to refer to.


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