The Legendary Cowboys

A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of special significance and legend. A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. Here’s the legendary cowboy.

Boro ‘The Fabric Of Life Expo’ In Domaine de Boisbuchet (France)

The exhibition Boro  ‘The Fabric of Life’ comprises approximately 50 pieces composed of a collection of repaired futon covers, kimonos, work garments, and other hand made, household textiles which were created by Japanese peasants between 1850 and 1950 using leftover, indigo dyed cotton. Most come from the private collection of New York based gallerist Stephen Szczepanek. The exhibition is designed in cooperation with graduates from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, and presented in the 19th century castle of the Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France. The expo was running from June 7th until September 15th. Unfortunately the expo is already closed, but below some impressions from these great authentic Japanese garments, the boro.

http://boisbuchet.org

Vintage Japanese Boro’s From The Begin Of The 19th Century

Japanese boro’s were made in the late 18th, begin of the 19th century. The boro is a piece of clothing made by farmers to keep themself warm during the cold winter nights. Boro’s are mostly made from several layers of indigo rags to give the same warmth as a blanket. The rags were coloured with blue indigo, one of the few accepted colors for labour classes. For stitching the rags they used the famous sashiko technique. Nowadays these boro’s are hard to find Japanese antique. True craftsmanship!

For sale here: www.kimonoboy.com

‘My Archive’ Book: The History of Denim by Antonio di Battista

Antonio di Battista is an Italian designer who is involved in the denim business for more than 20 years. As a young teenager his passion already started for denim, so it was natural that he would became one of the most passionated persons in the industry. On his frequent trips to U.S.A. and Japan he found the most rare and beautiful indigo denim pieces which result is an archive with more than 3.000 historical pieces. Some while ago Antonio told me that he want to make a book with some selected treasures of his archive. A few months later he hooked up with Crackers Magazine and his first book is a fact: ‘My Archive’. The book is filled with old patched and repaired items from the area 1900 till 1950. This area is also my personal favourite.

Below some pages from this amazing book. Many thanks for sharing your incredible archive trough this inspiring book Antonio, it’s really nice! Very proud to add this gift in my personal book collection. Check also his own authentic denim brand ‘Blue Blanket’. Keep in touch!

Antonio di BattistaPhoto by Cory Piehowicz

”My Archive” Book: The History of Denim from 1900 – 1950

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