Boros, old fabrics from Japan turned into abstract art

This old Boro, made of mended cloth and stitches is an abstract work of art

It is an extraordinary space for art that Italian artist Beatrice Caracciolo has opened on rue Jules Chaplain, taking great care in the architecture of the gallery. In the heart of Montparnasse and next door to a lovely Arts et Essais cinema, she exhibits artists that she loves. A show of Boro fabrics from Japan has just opened and it promises to be one of the most beautiful exhibitions of the month.

Details of  a Boro with indigo dye and white stitches

They look like very sophisticated patchworks of fabrics dyed with indigo (aizome in Japanese) and they result from a tradition of mending old clothes in poor fishing families from North East Japan. The clothes would pass from generation to generation and time left its trace on them. Wabi-sabi, the beauty of old clothes worn out by time is well represented here.

The very slick artspace of La Frontiera is at the heart of Montparnasse

The Boros exhibited here belong to two collectors Philippe Boudin ,who has an Asian art gallery rue Visconti, and Gordon Reece . They are selling them in Paris after having exhibited them at Somerset House in 2014.

Parme Baratier shows his screens and prints on paper inspired by Japan

Usually thrown away when they have been mended too often, Boros are hard to find and the twenty or so presented here are quite stunning. There is sadly, only one kimono hanging downstairs. The space of La Frontiera is so beautiful that the indigo blue pieces literally explode on the walls.

Beatrice Caracciolo is a successful artist herself and shows at Paula Cooper in New York.

There are also some beautiful works on paper by artist Parme Baratier who is fascinated by Japan and makes his own hand made papers of rare quality. He uses yucca or linen to make the paper and prints the flowers and plants on it. He transforms vegetals into artwork.

The space of the gallery is mesmerizing and can be rented in between shows

La Frontiera, 11 rue Jules Chaplain, until November 5.

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