Calzephyr (calzephyr77) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday Word: Boro

Here's an interesting word, technique and historical textile that I learned about in one of my classes this semester. Boro (ぼろ) refers to clothing that is repaired many times over, creating a unique look. Historically, materials used would be natural woven cloth such as cotton and hemp that were woven by peasant farmers in the Edo period. The peasant class needed economical clothing for their day to day work and basically, textiles anywhere were expensive until the later 20th century. These clothes were also traditionally dyed blue with indigo.

Tags: b, japanese, noun, wordsmith: calzephyr77

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