When we started designing Boro, it was our way of digging deeper into the culture, and creating something that would not just meld into just a patchwork piece, but start a larger dialogue about sustainability. Always while creating other products, we collected the left over fabrics with no idea of how we are going to use them in future.
We found inspiration from some of our good reads by the authors like David Sorgato, Jody Alexander and Thomas Murray.
‘BORO’ is used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced together and then repeatedly patched, stitched, repaired and passed down from generations to generations. It refers to the practice of reworking and repairing, in order to extend their use.
Over a conversation, together with our team we came to the conclusion that we will work on this beautiful Japanese technique Boro.
Our fascination of Indigo moved us towards collecting and segregating the left over fabric keeping in mind the composition and different shades of indigo for each piece to look unique.
As we sat working towards creating a layout of the boro piece, we realized that adding some prints will enhance the beauty and grace it more aesthetically. We soon found some more old scrap fabric with different prints on it, matching with our theme Indigo.
Thus we engineered this project to come up with a range of textiles, meant for wall coverings, using craft skills. As we use many Indian crafts like Ajarakh print, dabu print, tie dye, shibori and lot more. We were flooded with choices. With every single choice, we grew an understanding of what print goes well with which shade of Indigo. Every boro piece has been designed to force its audience to look deep into a narrow array of products, material and aesthetic. This exquisite textile demands certain interest and curiosity from its consumer.
Our shift from piece to piece is very subtle. We have used a lots of fine 100% khadi cotton, hand-woven silk, cotton blend linen and wool having pale shades of indigo, representing spring’s soft skies whereas dark shades representing the monsoon skies. You will also see lots of stripes, checks along with traditional floral design. Every design layout is unique, we have many stories to tell with each piece of BORO that we have carefully designed and stitched. Even when we make a piece of BORO we add stories to the fabric.
These textiles show evidence of people, their hands, their work and their family. It demands all our senses to internalize the craft and sustain the practice.
From fabric scrap to a beautifully designed textile art piece, we harness these senses.
We appreciate every imperfection and diversity that is offered by our practice.
Through our boro collection we want to touch as many souls as possible. Through our fabrics and aesthetics, we want to connect to people who believe in our ethos, and reflect back on their sentiments to our collection.