Tuesday, June 14, 2011
"Only a few decades ago, Tohoku "snow country"-and especially Aomori Prefecture-was synonymous to most Japanese with dire poverty. Situated dead-end on the northernmost tip of the main island of Honshu, Aomori was home to dirt poor farmers who, out of desperate necessity, created an astonishing textile aestethics out of boro-mere "rags"."
The textiles are indigo dyed and mostly of hemp, handstitched and stuffed, ever and ever again.
One person owned only one piece of clothing his entire life.
Layer on layer on layer.
To sleep, to work, to die.
The last images are diapers from an elderly woman who became bed-ridden.
All images from the book: Boro-rags and tatters from the far north of Japan