Boro Textiles, Poverty and hardship, Japanese textiles during the war years.

The Emperor stated to his people that extravagance was the enemy, and to make do with what you have. Shortages of raw materials, much needed for the war effort, encouraged the Japanese to recycle their textiles. The fabrics shown below are all part of a private collection consisting of well over 470 pieces.
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Woman's clutch bag made from recycled kimono fabric.

Woman's clutch bag made from recycled kimono fabric.

Baby's jacket made from diaper cloth. There was no shame in wearing this type of garment, with the harsh Japanese winters, it was a matter of survival. Life during wartime must have been very difficult for the Japanese people.

Baby's jacket made from diaper cloth. There was no shame in wearing this type of garment, with the harsh Japanese winters, it was a matter of survival. Life during wartime must have been very difficult for the Japanese people.

A pair of well worn leg gaiters, (kyahan) indigo dyed cotton. circa 19th. century

A pair of well worn leg gaiters, (kyahan) indigo dyed cotton.

This boy's kimono has been handed down from an older sibling. You can clearly see the tuck in the center where the length of the garment has been shortened. This can be adjusted as the child gets older. Sleeves could also be shortened.

This boy's kimono has been handed down from an older sibling. You can clearly see the tuck in the center where the length of the garment has been shortened. This can be adjusted as the child gets older. Sleeves could also be shortened.

A 19th. century Ainu coat from Hokkaido. Made from many scraps of cotton, the designs on garments were rendered in appliqué and colored embroidery, and were regarded as protective symbols.

A century Ainu coat from Hokkaido. Made from many scraps of cotton, the designs on garments were rendered in appliqué and colored embroidery, and were regarded as protective symbols.

Every piece of fabric was precious, and could be recycled. A blanket made from an enlistment war banner, it was cut into two pieces, and the edges sewn together.

Every piece of fabric was precious, and could be recycled. A blanket made from an enlistment war banner, it was cut into two pieces, and the edges sewn together.

Well worn Japanese patchwork socks.

Well worn Japanese patchwork socks.

Japanese farmer's "bandori" a thick pad to protect the back when carrying heavy loads, the thick rope would help to grip the load and support the weight, made from old recycled cloth and hand made rope.

Japanese farmer's "bandori" a thick pad to protect the back when carrying heavy loads, the thick rope would help to grip the load and support the weight, made from old recycled cloth and hand made rope.

I guess it could be classified as boro, a pre war bullet proof vest recycled from an old waste coat, and scrap iron plates. Cheap homemade  body armour based on a ashigaru cuirass. Looking at the thinness of the plates, it would not have stopped a bullet, the protection would have been purely psychological.

I guess it could be classified as boro, a pre war bullet proof vest recycled from an old waste coat, and scrap iron plates. Cheap homemade body armour based on a ashigaru cuirass. Looking at the thinness of the plates, it would not have stopped a bullet, the protection would have been purely psychological.

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