Revelstoke’s Boro’d Cloth creates permacouture-inspired designs

Locally designed and made clothing brand uses upcycled cloth and natural dyes to be easier on the environment.

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Jas in the Iris dress, made with upcycled organic cotton and denim dyed with locally foraged plant materials. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

This article first appeared in print in the August 2019 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.

Checking in with Revelstoke’s own Boro’d Cloth

Robyn in the Pinny with indigo dyed Keréôl cloth, upcycled denim and cotton. Mala by Kalika Jewelery Designs and thrifted glasses Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The increasingly grim climate emergency has many of us seeking out new ways to tread lightly on the planet. That was one inspiration for Revelstoke designer Jamie Kraus’ backyard creations under the handmade Revelstoke-based Backyard Boro brand, which creates original clothing made from locally sourced, reincarnated materials under the Boro’d Cloth brand, and a line of personal care products such as her local, organic Bloomin’ Axilla deodorants.

Poppi in the Iris dress, made from upcycled vintage top and denim. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Under Boro’d Cloth, Kraus sources retired denim and other fabrics then remakes them into original creations. Her backyard garden, pictured here, is home to a variety of natural flowers and weeds she cultivates to create natural dyes used to finish her original creations with solar and decomposition dyeing methods. Her reshaped textiles feature original embroidery and don’t use materials based on plastics.

Jas in the Sleevie Wonder Sun Crop and high waisted jeans, top is made from upcycled cotton and dyed with locally foraged plant materials. Mala by Kalika Jewelery Designs, thrifted jeans and glasses. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The styles change from season to season, but the common thread is durable, practical, original items that will last. The permacouture-inspired designs are a direct alternative to the wasteful fast-fashion scene.

All of Backyard Boro’s products are handmade in Revelstoke. Find Backyard Boro at the Revelstoke Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, or online at
backyardboro.eco.

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