Two concurrent exhibitions at MUDE, the Museum of Design and Fashion, under the theme Raw Japan, presents cultural and design items from the early 20th century. Boro – Um Tecido de Vida (Boro: The Fabric of Life) and Puras Formas (Pure Forms) examine the preservation of material resources, reuse or transformation of materials as well as the overall appreciation for product design. Both exhibitions are on the first floor of MUDE until 8 February 2015



Boro – The Fabric of Life features 54 pieces (kimonos, bags, tatami) prepared with a Boro technique used in Japan between 1850 and 1950. Boro is a method, used primarily by peasants, in which rags and patches were darned or sewed together to create fabrics. The new textile was typically dyed in indigo. For the peasants, sturdy fabric (such as cotton) was expensive, so reuse of materials in this way was popular and resourceful. This method also created quite unique pieces that are respected and appreciated today.

MUDE - Japao a Cru MUDE - Japao a Cru
Photo ©: Maunel Brito

Pure Forms features 200 Japanese household objects made of aluminum, from 1910 to 1960. This light material was utilized extensively in hardware for war, but also quickly became useful for everyday items such as kitchen utensils, home appliances, furniture and toys. Aluminum remained popular after the war until the introduction of plastics.

MUDE - Japao a Cru
Photo ©: Maunel Brito

For more information, visit the MUDE website.

Museum of Design & Fashion
Rua Augusta, 24
(In the Baixa, near just north of the Arch of Triumph)

Phone: +351 218 886 117

Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 18:00
Closed Monday

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