Miraculous Textile Art“BORO”


The permanent collection, Miraculous Textile Art“BORO”

ÌyhqAmong Mr. Tanaka’s collection, there are a lot of clothing called “BORO” which had been used from generations to generations in a household; some of them were even made back in the Edo Period. “BORO” is now becoming an international phrase, originated from Japanese snowy north area, meaning of the patched clothes that people back then used for many generations in a household by adding stitches and/or pieces of cloth on it over and over. The word “BORO” has now an artistic sense to it, highly rated among the field of the textile art design, and requested for purchase by various artists and collectors.

BOROBORO is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes for retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication.

Amuse Museum exhibits BOROs for the first time after 100 years passed since last use. It contains no waste, and this is what is called “Yuyo-no-Bi (Beauty of Practicality)” which we seem to have forgotten already, the opposite side of the world against the today’s prevailing consumer culture.
*Some exhibits are replaced from March 6th, 2010.

Whofs Chuzaburo Tanaka?

Born in Aomori prefecture in 1933. An ethnologist and author. A private collector of more than 30,000 pieces of rare articles including the national important tangible cultural properties, folk arts, antiques, and clothes. The artistically high quality of his collection received high praises from the public figures such as Shuji Terayama and Akira Kurosawa, who used some of the pieces from Mr. Tanakafs collection in their films and books.

Antiques and Folk Arts

Amuse Museum also exhibits the antiques and folk arts from Mr. Tanakafs collection in the permanent exhibition area, including the costumes, props, and folk arts used in the film of Akira Kurosawa "Yume" (dreams), offered by Chuzaburo Tanaka himself.
Work Cited :Yukiko Koide, Kyoichi Tsuzuki
"BORO - the BORO clothing culture of Aomori" Aspect publisher, 2008
Pictures by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
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