Boro: The Art of Necessity tells the story of artistry born from hardship. It traces history and memories through patched and mended fabrics a Japanese textile culture where no scrap of material is wasted, and whose economical creations were passed down between the generations. The book contains photo-documentation of key pieces from the collection of folklorist, archaeologist and ethnologist Chuzaburo Tanaka (1933-2013). This publication surveys the history of boro as textiles, but also examines boro s changing social, economic and aesthetic status. It includes critical texts by Staffan Appelgren, Petra Holmberg, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Philip Warkander. With photo-documentation by Kyoichi Tsuzuki. Published in collaboration with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm.