April 15, 2021 at 10:09AM

“Boro is not something we make – it is something we raise (rear/bring-up)”. For us, there is no such a thing as “the completion” of Boro. Boro exists in the usage, and therefore the completion of Boro equals to the end of the fabric. We just enjoy a dot (moment) of its history of Boro.

We can find photos of “Boro-Inspired” pieces. Some seem like a patchwork with bright colored (recycled) fabric swatches. Some use a file to damage the fabric, and call it Boro. Some enjoy Boro under the food (which I find disgusting). I believe they use the word “inspired” to avoid troubles. They know they are using the foreign word, and I appreciate their choice of distinguishing the “Boro” and “Borough-Inspired”. However, I often wonder, what are they “inspired” by? The look of Boro? The idea of Boro? 

“Boro is a technique to mend/recycle the unwanted fabric” is not a correct statement from many perspectives. When I say, “It is incorrect”, many ask me “Then you have the responsibility to explain”. Yes, that’s what I have been doing for 2 years here and there. Boro is not a word for technique. Boro isn’t about using “whatever” fabric to recycle. It is something to “appreciate” what we have & grow (together).



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