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A Boro Sakiori Sodenashi: Eccentric Hemp Stitching

Written on June 5, 2011

Shown today is a heavily patched and mended sakiori–or rag woven–sleeveless work coat.  To appreciate the cotton patches and eccentric hemp mending stitches, I’m showing this sodenashi inside-out.If you look on the right side of the photo, below, you can see the very worn and abraded sakiori exterior of the coat.  This same photo also zeroes in on the unusual hemp mending stitches–I’ve not seen this kind of mending on other garments or textiles.The mending stitches are long and vertically oriented.

Another interesting aspect of this sodenashi is that it is not stitched closed on the sides, nor does it have  tabs connecting the front and back panels.  Most likely these have fallen off from wear.I love the resist dyed cotton patch showing a zig-zag geometric design.

Most of the mending on this sodenashi is done with rustic hemp thread.This work vest probably dates to the early-to-mid twentieth century.  The sakiori cloth is woven with a cotton warp and weft.

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  1. Comment by k:

    another truly incredible piece – so much amazing stitching and care gone into it. thanks for continuing to inspire!

    June 5, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  2. Comment by Elaine:

    The stitching is truly incredible. I guess it’s what has held this piece together for so long. What does it look like on the front?

    June 8, 2011 @ 7:36 pm