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Sashiko Stitched Hand Guards

Written on October 26, 2013

Handcovers09I just returned from a buying trip to Japan, and when I’m there I never know what I’ll find–and what I won’t find.  Luckily, this past time I happened upon things I rarely see, sashiko stitched hand guards.  And I didn’t find just one pair–I found three.

Handcovers09aThe pair shown above is my favorite for its age, its good stitching and its wear.  But I’m thrilled to own all three of them.  They probably date to the early to mid twentieth century.

Handcovers09bAlthough I can’t be sure, I have a hunch, based on the situation where I acquired these, that the two pairs shown above are from Japan’s northern or eastern area.

Handcovers09cThe pair shown above is wonderful for its base cloth of kasuri or ikat woven cotton.  The white dots, which are the result of all-over sashiko stitching, are a wonderful design foil to the kasuri cloth which composes most of each of the gloves.

As I’m so enamored of these pairs of mittens I am in no rush to sell them. But do have a look at my webshop from time to time to see if I’ve decided to list a pair for sale.


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  1. Comment by jean betts:

    wonderful collection and in such good condition. love the kasuri ones, very special.

    November 5, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  2. Comment by Susanne Loutas:

    Using the description, hand guards, I gather that these are not mittens in the sense of our northern climate’s needs. Could you describe the type of use these items would have had?

    October 20, 2014 @ 12:24 am