Lately I've been fascinated by a kind of Japanese patchwork called Boro. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. It's often multicolor and multi texture. They used hemp and indigo. I guess that's why it either looks like repurposed denim or denim is being substituted in contemporary times. I'm especially fond of the embroidery on top. I wonder if that was intended to distract us from the patches and make it appear that it's all from one cloth. Or to hold together layers that were disentigrating? Apparently, boro was worn by the peasant class and it was originally shameful. It's only in our times when having the time to lovingly repair and embellish seems like a luxury for creative people. I just noticed article about it in Selvedge magazine available here.