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[SOLD OUT] On the Mend: Traditional & Modern Japanese Boro

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Shunji Ohashi

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

The lecture will explain the spirit of boro — making the most of what one has in a resource-strapped world — and show creative examples of how to incorporate it into modern life using fabric waste. Recognizing the independent soul and spirit that resides in every individual garment and piece of fabric, Shunji will explain how to apply a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach to up-cycling. He will also show how remaking, repairing, and augmenting clothes to increase their beauty and value is a far more sustainable strategy than recycling fibres.

Shunji will detail the history of Japanese boro as it originated in the frigid and snowy region of Aomori. The expense and desirability of cotton helps to explain why a tradition of mending, patching, and remaking cloth developed. Shunji will introduce the techniques of sakiori (rag weaving) and sashiko (stitching) along with how these techniques featured in specific garments such as hanten, donja, monpe, and noragi.

Shunji was born into a textile family in Fukushima and after graduating from University of the Arts London spent seven years working for the Japanese denim brand Kapital. He now lives in Amsterdam, where he works for G-Star RAW creating concepts and customized clothing, while also running his own company, StudiOHA. He lectures on boro internationally.

Shunji will also teach a workshop.


Born in Fukushima, Japan, to a family with a history in tailoring, silk, and cotton, Shunji has long been fascinated by the transformative power of clothes. After studying shoe design at the University of the Arts London, Shunji worked at Japanese denim brand Kapital for seven years, spearheading their exclusive and labour-intensive Kountry line.

He now lives in Amsterdam and works for G-Star RAW, where he creates concepts and makes customized clothing for Pharrell Williams, while on the side running his own company, StudiOHA, under his artist name OHA. His surname, Ohashi, means “big bridge” in Japanese, and this is precisely what he tries to be: a bridge between artists, designers, and factories; factories to consumers; consumers to craftsmen; and so on. Shunji Ohashi conducts workshops and lectures internationally.

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