Boro and Sashiko are Japanese mending techniques. Sashiko refers to Boro means rags or tattered cloth. Boro is the textile created from clothing that has been patched several times. Japanese borotextiles (usually clothing and bed covers) were sewn from rags and patches of indigo-dyed cotton during the 19th and early 20th century. The rural population of Japan couldn’t afford new clothing and had to literally make ends meet by patching together discarded cotton rags. Japanese families repaired and recycled everything from fisherman’s jackets to futon covers, handing them down for generations. Sashiko, meaning “little stabs,” is a long, embroidery stitch used for mending or purely for decoration. source
Although I love hand work I haven’t been able to carve out the energy or time for a lot of it lately. When my mom asked me to repair a couple of pairs of her favorite jeans I took inspiration from the visible patching and stitching techniques of boro and sashiko.
- I pinned a patch to the inside of the jean to cover a large vertical rip.
- I started sewing across the patch in a zig zag formation vertically.
- Then I did the same thing horizontally.
- I turned the jeans inside out.
- Next, I added a decorative patch from a piece of a vintage japanese kimono I thrifted.
- Then I followed the same technique on a hole on the inner thigh using some recycled denim, also thrifted.
- This time, I patched it from the outside.
- I turned and repeated the process on a third hole.
- Finally, I have a repaired jean that hopefully will become more interesting with wear.
My mom was pretty pleased to be wearing her jeans again.