Patchwork of indigo and denim sewn together with white, visible running stitches

Atelier "Boro" and "Sashiko" brooch

Upcycle worn-out pieces of fabric to create an authentic brooch using the traditional Japanese techniques of Boro and Sashiko

  • When

    , from to
  • For whom

    (young) adults (14+)

  • Languages

  • Price

    • €55 MoMu+Friends
    • €60 up to and including 25 years old
    • €65 standard

    Price includes materials, water, coffee, tea and visit of the Cool Japan expo

  • Number of participants

    Minimum 7 participants, maximum 15
    No experience required

  • Cancellation policy

    You can cancel up to 30 days before the workshop takes place. You can transfer your ticket to another person. Please contact if you wish to do so.

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This Cool Japan inspired workshop is organised at the MAS as part of the MoMu loans.

Recycled patches of fabric sewn together with running stitches
MoMu I Monica Ho

Textile recycling has a long history in Japan. From the 17th to the 19th century, fabrics were expensive and scarce for the working class. Pieces of worn-out fabric (boro literally means "rag") were reinforced with sashiko running stitches and multiple layers of fabric were often sewn together to make the fabric warmer.

In this workshop, you will incorporate precious, worn-out and/or recycled fabrics into a contemporary piece of work. You will go home with a brooch and plenty of inspiration for bigger pieces such as bags and pillows.

pieces of fabric stitched together, strips of fabric and a ball of sturdy yarn
MoMu I Monica Ho

The lunch break is from 12h30 until 13h30. There are several lunch possibilities at MAS and nearby.

Karin Machielsen is an experienced textile art teacher at various art schools. Passing on her expertise in authentic textile technique is her mission.


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