Kuon Made Jacket From 100-Year Old Japanese Boro

The online store Kuon has some extraordinary products for sale. One of them is this jacket which is made from a 100-year old Japanese Boro. The jacket is carefully stitched by expert tailors in Japan.

Re-Created For Another 100 Years

The Kuon Boro jacket is a patchwork jacket that carries a lot of history. At Kuon they have some keen specialists that are using genuine Boro’s to re-create something new, something that is ready for another 100 years. The antique scrap material is washed many times over to remove dirt and stains, holes are repaired, then it is cut by hand and transformed into a new garment by a talented tailor.

More Than A Remake

Everything from the jacket is reconstructed from the pattern up, resulting in garments that feel great to wear. For that reason, they carry a hefty price tag, but the clothes’ value more than makes up for that. Next to the Boro fabric, this jacket is made with one-of-a-kind Kofu, Japanese vintage fabric.

History Of Boro

Boro is a piece of clothing worn by farmers and fishermen to keep themselves warm during the cold winter nights. Boro’s are mostly made from several layers of indigo rags to give the same warmth like a blanket. The rags were colored with blue indigo, one of the few accepted colors for labor classes. The indigo strength also the cotton fibers. Most of the time Boro’s a stitched with decorative patterns with the Sashiko technique. Nowadays these Boro’s are hard to find, and collectible Japanese antiques.


Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.