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Spider Chrysanth by Kanen Iwasaki -- © Honzo Zufu [Illustrated manual of medicinal plants] by Kan'en Iwasaki (1786-1842). Wood block print and manuscript on paper. Japan, 1828 © The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Spider Chrysanth by Kanen Iwasaki -- © Honzo Zufu [Illustrated manual of medicinal plants] by Kan'en Iwasaki (1786-1842). Wood block print and manuscript on paper. Japan, 1828 © The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

"Three Peonies" by Hiroshige (ca. 1830s). Source: The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

"Three Peonies" by Hiroshige (ca. 1830s). Source: The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

printed illustration of a chrysanthemum variety 'Seirioden' taken from the Japanese publication A Hundred Chrysanthemums by K Hasegawa. Creator Hasegawa, Keikwa (Author) Date 1891

printed illustration of a chrysanthemum variety 'Seirioden' taken from the Japanese publication A Hundred Chrysanthemums by K Hasegawa. Creator Hasegawa, Keikwa (Author) Date 1891

Boro is a Japanese word for "tattered rags". It refers to the way people used to recycle small pieces of fabric. These complex blue textile pieces tell stories about Japanese families, their rural way of life, and economic situation in the northern part from the Edo to the early Showa period (17th - 20th century). Each piece is handed down from generation to generation. For decades traces of darning and quilting were added to increase their lifespan.

Boro is a Japanese word for "tattered rags". It refers to the way people used to recycle small pieces of fabric. These complex blue textile pieces tell stories about Japanese families, their rural way of life, and economic situation in the northern part from the Edo to the early Showa period (17th - 20th century). Each piece is handed down from generation to generation. For decades traces of darning and quilting were added to increase their lifespan.