Sri is a Brooklyn-based textile gallery specialising in antique Japanese folk textiles, highlighting the indigo dyed cotton fabrics and boro- or patched and mended- textiles of old Japan.
Aside from being a city in North East England, Boro is a fabric we have seen more of recently and really grown to appreciate. Originally made by Japanese people from reused and recycled indigo-dyed cotton rags, the pieces were patched and sewn, piece-by-piece, and handed down from generation-to-generation. Never intended to look good, these textiles are now used for their beauty by high-end fashion labels from the likes of Visvim and Sri threads.
Hickoree’s offer stunning one-off pieces such as boro scarves, matts, rugs and rags. Our favourite piece though is the “Komebukuro” rice bag (pictured below). Originally used to bring token offerings of uncooked rice to a temple or shrine festival, the bag is hand-sewn using fragments of various indigo dyed nineteenth century cotton fabrics. The item is a genuine one of a kind, and is not out of reach at $175 (£110 -ish).
Check out other items on Hickoree’s and be sure to check out the Sri gallery next time you’re in New-York.