Japanese Boro textiles, I have been a little obsessed with trying to recreate the feeling of these fantastic artifacts. I had planned to make the girls some rice pillows (the kind you put in the microwave and then use as little bags of heat on cold nights), so I figured, why not try out some Boro-like antics while I was at it. Since there aren't a lot of nineteenth century kimonos hanging around in North Cackalacky, I had to make do with what was available from the fabric store and distress it myself. I don't think I've quite got it yet, but I do love challenges like this.
Oh, by the way, if you want to make a rice pillow, it's really very simple. Make a pillow with a 3/8" seam allowance and leave a 3" gap open at one end (my pillow is 9"x15"). Turn right side out. Fill 2/3 full with a mix of dry brown rice and green lentils. Close the gap (I used a ladder stitch). Microwave on high for about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes and it will continue to radiate heat for about twenty minutes. If all that was too confusing, I'd be glad to do a video on it. Just let me know in the comments.