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Extreme Sashiko

Written on May 4, 2010

Today I am showing two items that are covered with sashiko stitching: one is a pair of rustic, cotton tabi and the other is a drawstring bag, often referred to as a zenibukuro, with a fancy, purple silk braided cord.

SashikoSet1The tabi are unusual; they seem to be “inside-out.”  Usually indigo dyed cotton is used on the outside of tabi as it hides dirt and wear.  On this pair, which have not been used, the indigo cotton is on the inside while the white cotton is on the outside.SashikoSet1aThe zenibukuro is absolutely rich with stitching, in this case the kaki no hana or persimmon flower motif is shown.  It appears this bag was fashioned from another type of item–recycled, I guess you could say–maybe from a furoshiki or a traditional wrapping cloth.SashikoSet1bBelow you will notice that the ends of the silk cording of the zenibukuro are weighted with two coins, each of which is secured with a knot.SashikoSet1cThe bag and the tabi are wonderful examples of sashiko stitching.

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  1. Comment by pam:

    I am charmed by the white tippie-toesies on the tabi. Amazing stitchery.

    May 4, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

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