|The Amuse Museum|
The very first piece I see at the top of the stairs in the exhibit is a large 3-D flowered piece. Lots of fun with its collage work and popping-out flowers.
|Yuukitsumugi pieced scarf in warp and weft kasuri.|
|Bag made from an obi.|
|Silk ori-nui scarf.|
|Donza or night blanket padded kimono.|
Photographing was allowed and I think I took an image of almost everything in the exhibit so this will be a selected view of what was on display.
Boro means rags. The garments were mostly huge kimono called "donza" or "donja" which was used as a night blanket to cover one or more people in the family, either thrown over a person or two sitting down at a low table or over a group of sleepers. The saying was, "Use a donza that can stand up when thrown." The donza are at least 6' tall or more and at least 5'-6' wide and packed with all kinds of materials, including crumpled paper. These very utilitarian "garments" show the level of poverty that was experienced by these people in which food, shelter, warmth from the cold and adequate clothing were always inadequate.
|Detail of a donza repaired and stitched.|
|Detail of donaz (or donja) with crumpled paper|
stuffing under loosely woven fabric on right.
There were also mended tabi, the fabric sock/shoes with a division between the big toe and the other toes; shirts, work kimono that came to just the knee, and more.
|Mended tabi, one-toed footwear.|
|Bodoko sheet for childbirth so that newborns will have the ancestral|
protection and life force passed down through the generations.
|Child's mended jacket|
|Tattsuke embroidered jacket of the Nambu region|
of Aomori, Japan, the northern most area of the
main island of Honshu.
|Embroidered and mended pants from the Nambu|
district of Aomori Prefecture.
|Tattsuke embroidery in dark blue from Nambu district of Aomori|