The Origins of Boro.

A visit to Somerset House London for the Beg Boro Transform exhibition.

During the Edo period (1603-1868) Japanese commoners were only permitted to wear clothes that were dyed blue, brown, grey or black.  Cotton had been cultivated in southern Japan from the sixteenth century but it was considered a luxury fabric and could only be afforded by the better off urban populace.  It was warmer and lighter than the cloth woven from homespun nettle, ramie or hemp.  Discarded, ‘worn out’ cotton garments from the south were valued enough to be collected by merchants whose boats plied their trade up the northern coast.  It was there they found a ready market. Fragments were purchased and pieced into layered clothes and futon covers by the rural poor for whom cotton cloth was rare and expensive.  The making of Boro cloths and clothes continued into and beyond the Meiji period (1868-1912) Text by Andy Christian.



We dropped into to see the guys at Miner49er at their newest concept store located in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district.

The store is a real showcase for premium selvedge denim from the California based ‘Denim Design Lab’ and Montreal based ‘Bzen’ as well as vintage inspired T’s books and other unique hard to find items. 

All the jeans sold for both men and women are produced from denim woven on vintage shuttle looms, built to last using the same hard wearing construction techniques found on original vintage workwear. As they like to say “Denim built so tough you can trust your gold nuggets will be safe” … although once in there you’re likely to be trading your gold nuggets for some of that premium denim!

Their first location in San Clemente, CA is housed in an historic 1920s building and also features a small but permanent museum with original artefacts focused on the history of denim as well as items dating back to the California Gold Rush of the mid 1800s.

Definitely worth the visit if you are in the vicinity. 

Miner49er store Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Miner49er store Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Denim Coasters with stitch detail.

Great pocket placement.