Archives: June 2012

Indigo Dyed Boro

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Japanese Boro Kimono

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Japanese Boro Kimono

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Blankets and Textiles

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Textiles and Garments from Sri Threads.

What is BORO?

The antique and vintage boro, or ‘ragged’ patched and mended garments worn by men and women who worked as farmers, lumberman, fisherman and the like.  These garments are made of hand loomed indigo dyed cotton.  In the mid 15th century, cotton seeds were brought from India via China and successfully cultivated in Japan. Cotton eventually replaced garments made from hemp and paper because of the superior durability and warmth.  Cotton also proved more difficult to dye into bright colors, as a result, the color palette of these textiles is much more subtle and muted, with a predominance of browns and indigo blues.  The garments were passed down through generations, mended and patched with newer indigo dyed cotton, resulting in stunning color variations.

The Significant Entrance

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A blue door in Paris.

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A green door in Paris

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A wooden door in Paris.

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An indigo door in Paris.

We all know how it feels To Make an Entrance.  But what if the entrance itself is stunning?   In Paris doors are regal, painted, cared for.  When you walk the city and visit your favorite places, the experience is made that much better to walk through one of these.

The Promise of Things to Come.

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French terra-cotta pots.  The possibilities are endless.

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Rolls of Linen.

A painting, upholstery, an apron.

Dinner Bell

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Violets picked from the grass. Later they were turned into sugared violets to top home-made lavender ice cream.

Dinner Bell.  My friend Julia Ziegler-Haynes throws the best parties.

Blue Footed Mushrooms

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The Scientific Study Drawings of  Darwin inspired me a few years back to make my own plant, vegetable, and insect watercolors.  Observational Drawing is such a lovely way to spend a few hours in the morning, sipping coffee, organizing ones’ thoughts.  What a good idea for a class!