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Sun 8th Dec: Boro Japanese Mending

  • Sunday 8th Dec: 2pm - 5pm

    Boro (or more accurately ‘Boro boro’), meaning ‘rags or tatters’ is the art of repairing fabric using scraps and stitching.

    Originally associated with extreme poverty in Japan, much of the fabric was buried in the ground and lost forever. Today, however, the fabrics are highly prized and can fetch significant sums.

    Boro work follows the British wartime tradition of ‘make do and mend’ but was used out of necessity in Japan to prolong the life of clothes and bedding due to extreme poverty and the scarcity of textiles.

    In this 3 hour class you will learn:
    • The history and origins of Boro
    • How to repair a garment using scraps, both modern and vintage
    • How to use sashiko stitching to enhance your work
    • Practice using visible repair to enhance and strengthen textiles
    • Applique and reverse applique techniques will be shown

    Students will need to bring an item of clothing (denim or chinos are best) to repair.

    Suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class Duration:
    3 hours, starting 2pm sharp. Please arrive promptly.

    Skill Level & Prep Work:
    No previous experience is necessary.

    Class Materials:
    Students will need to bring the following:
    An apron or old clothes they don't mind getting indigo on
    Marigolds (gloves MUST cover the wrist!)
    A strong plastic bag to take their wet work home in
    Scissors

    All other class materials will be provided, including handouts, yarns, threads and practice swatches. Please bring your own water bottle/drink, pen for note taking and scissors.

    Other:
    We are sorry but we cannot offer refunds on classes if you are unable to attend for whatever reason, unless we are able to refill your spot.
  • About Rob Jones:

    London-based Romor Designs was formed in the Autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural dyer.

    Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead.

    In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.

    Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

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