Boro - The Art of Necessity opens in 2021 and will be on view until January 2022 at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden. The Swedish-Japanese artist Takao Momiyama’s contemporary boro objects will be shown. The exhibition also features Swedish artists that have been invited to create their own interpretation of boro. Newly produced works by fashion brand Rave Review and poet Burcu Sahin will be on view, as well as music by Miriam Berhan, Nadine Byrne, Tanya Byrne and Marlena Salonen. 






Boro - The Art of Necessity tells the story of artistry born from hardship. It traces history and memories through patched and mended fabrics – a Japanese textile culture where no scrap of material is wasted, and whose economical creations were passed down between the generations.

The book contains photo-documentation of key pieces from the collection of folklorist, archaeologist and ethnologist Chuzaburo Tanaka (1933-2013). This publication surveys the history of boro as textiles, but also examines boro’s changing social, economic and aesthetic status.

Published in collaboration with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm in conjunction with the exhibition Boro – The Art of Necessity.

Editors: Karl-Johan Cottman, Petra Holmberg, Annika Peurell, Karl Zetterström
Writers: Staffan Appelgren, Petra Holmberg, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Philip Warkander
Photo: Martin Hultén/SMVK, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Karl Zetterström/SMVK
Graphic Design: Kölqvist
Print: Livonia Print Ltd
ISBN: 9789198606584
English, softcover, 170x240mm, 168 pp

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