This vintage Japanese field jacket embodies a rich history, telling stories of culture and textile traditions. Boro is the Japanese textile term defining a repairing techique where layers of patches are applied over worn areas of a common, functional garment (field jacket) or utilitarian product (futon or blanket) and stitched in place. Traditionally indigo dyed cotton fabrics are used and stitched by hand using small, neat running stitches and a heavy, cotton thread. Boro textiles are collectable.
BORO KIMONO JACKET: INDIGO MOSAIC #2 was origionally made in the 1950's and worn in the rice fields around Kyoto. When I discovered it mixed with a pile of indigo swatches early one morning in the temple market, I was immediately attracted to the intricate stitches that reinforced the solid indigo cotton outer jacket and the inner grey plaid lining. When I returned to my design studio and began examining the loving layers of worn patches that adorned the jacket, I realized it was a massive undertaking to remake the garment so it could actually be worn. Over a period of seven years, I worked restoring and revitalizing the jacket, giving it a durable and contemporary edge.
The BORO KIMONO JACKET: INDIGO MOSAIC #2 has a distinctive personality. For women, wrapped tightly, cinched with a wide leather belt over a straight skirt or tailored pant and high heel boots, it carries a message of timelessness. Or try it draped loosely over a Shibori Wave Tee and wrapped batik sarong with ballet flats for a modern twist. For men, wear it open, draped like a casual sport coat or wrapped loosely with a thin belt or cord. Reversible---both sides display a fusion of the old and the new intertwined.