Many of the pieces used for our blankets are Boro like textiles and in keeping with boro textiles. Boro derives from the Japanese term boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. Boro textiles are mended or patched textiles from Japan. Born out of necessity they were stitched together by rural peasant women who would mend, conceal and patch the holes and tears in their family’s work clothes and frayed futon covers. These pieces are meant to be used, loved, cared for and mended. See below for mending services.
Ma is the term for a specific Japanese concept of negative space. In traditional Japanese arts and culture, ma refers to the artistic interpretation of an empty space, often holding as much importance as the rest of an artwork and focusing the viewer on the intention of negative space in an art piece.
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" in nature.
While we do not offer traditional style mending services, we encourage you to contact us for contemporary mending and repair of these pieces. They are meant to last and be well loved.
We work with a dye/ textile artist in San Diego who hand dyes all of our fabrics in small batches to achieve custom colors. No two pieces will be alike and slight variations in where the dye sits may occur. These variations are intended upon and part of the process and design of each piece. The dye and color may fade over time and is taken into consideration when designing each piece. These truly are pieces of art and any imperfections is part of its beauty and uniqueness.