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A Small, Sashiko Stitched Coat

Written on August 14, 2010

This is a wonderful-looking, small, very sashiko stitched, indigo dyed cotton coat, dating to the mid-twentieth century or so.  It most likely was intended to be worn by a child.The area of  stitched decoration on the coat is in equal proportion on top and bottom: the top half is a densely stitched field of small, cross shapes, while the bottom is a more open, lattice pattern.The lining is of a beautiful, asagi, or sky blue, indigo dyed cotton.The coat measures 30″ or 76 cm from hem to shoulder and 30″ or 76 cm from sleeve tip to sleeve tip.  If this is a child’s coat, as I believe it to be, it would have been a long coat used at local, town celebrations.

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  1. Comment by india Flint:

    hi Stephen
    i’m attempting to float a world-wide sewing circle project
    that embraces these kinds of patient stitching processes
    with gentle dyeing applications
    i very much appreciate these regular posts on your exquisite trreasures
    best
    india

    August 14, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  2. Comment by velma bolyard:

    i think of the love that went into stitching this for a small person–

    August 15, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  3. Comment by pam:

    WoW! Lotta love there. And, again & again, many thanks for the love you put into your blog, the discovered pieces you share with the world, & the education you give us all.

    August 15, 2010 @ 11:03 am