Our latest WeMake workshop takes us to Kiriko, a Portland-based company that repurposes vintage Japanese materials to create elegant, one-of-a-kind products. The experience of walking into the studio is wonderfully surprising. The small, tucked-away entrance shielded with a boro fabric curtain takes you to a narrow set of stairs, leading you into a basement. As you turn the corner, you feel as though you've stepped back into time, and the basement space becomes an open and inviting room filled to the brim with beautiful fabrics, bright colors and hand-made apparel and accessories.
Kiriko Co-founder, Dawn Yanagihara, led us through a boro-patching workshop, using delicate scraps of centuries-old Japanese fabric and traditional Japanese sewing methods.
Attendees sewed their favorite boro patches onto their personal gear. Some brought jackets, others brought pants, bags and shirts to customize with the ancient material.
The vibe of the workshop was beautifully peaceful, just like Kiriko.