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A Wall of Antique Japanese Sashiko Stitched Indigo Folk Textiles

Written on March 3, 2009

Today I hung a selection of some of my favorite sashiko stitched textiles on my entrance wall: some of the pieces have been seen on this blog in previous postings and others have been posted to Sri, my other site, the online store.  I was in the mood to display sashiko stitching, so this mood was the impetus for the array which can be seen in the photos below.

In the center of this display is a 19th century, very repaired, hand woven, indigo dyed boro furoshiki or wrapping cloth: it’s wonderfully mended with patches and lots of eddies of stitching–and notice the mending to the top, central portion where the mender actually carried through a new area of sashiko stitching into a patch they applied.  Quite ingenious–and I show detail photo at the end of this post.

Below are indigo dyed “foot guards” that are reinforced with sashiko stitches using hemp thread–quite rustic.  Below this pair of foot guards are four indigo dyed, sashiko stitched bags: the lowest bag on the right probably has the nicest stitching of all.

On the photo below, notice the thread counted sashiko stitching which reinforces the bag’s bottom it’s a kind of flame stitch that is commonly used for the purposes of reinforcement in country sashiko textiles.

Here, below, is a close-up of what I described in the caption to the very first photo shown above: a patch was applied to an area that was originally very sashiko stitched: to this new patch, new sashiko stitching was done in order to provide design continuity!  Have a look:

And in the detail photo below, if you look carefully, you get a sense of the amount of repair and reinforcement that was done throughout this furoshiki: it is laden with repairs and it is beautiful because of it.

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  1. Comment by india Flint:

    so glad to have found your blog…fascinating reading, thank you!

    March 30, 2009 @ 7:35 am