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Wabi-sabi is a Japanese Buddhist aesthetic that describes an object that is neutrally beautiful: A state of beauty. Associated heavily with the upper classes and Buddhist institutions. It is of main concern to Japanese mingei crafts. Distinct for the connection to the Buddhist ideology of beauty. It describes crafts made by hand, by craftspeople. Professionals that lived by their materials and their tools.
Boro, is the best example of poverty and survival. It’s sociology. Not art. Wabi-sabi does not describe the regret of waste, or frugality.
The class structure of Japan was set as such that farmers and peasants were depressingly poor. Everywhere you look in the past of rural Japan one can find an array of techniques people invented to conserve resources.
People created ingenious ways to reuse and save every scrap of everything. Living with leftovers and selling your best stuff to get by.
Something can be said of the countryside textiles of Japan. They have their own very rustic, shibui appeal. No doubt these items are beautiful, but also admirable for their clever inventiveness. And shibui describes the physical: shape, color, pattern etc… that profound, unassuming, and quiet feeling…