January 31, 2013
Sometimes it happens that I discover something really wonderful that I bought a long time ago and that I forgot about. Finding it is often a revelation, as was the case when I recently came upon this very good old work coat.
It’s a very nice one. It is hand stitched from old home spun, hand woven cottons of great variety. There’s wonderful sashiko stitching–and the indigo blue is beautifully faded and worn. But for me it’s the ito aji or thread flavor that makes me admire this piece so much.
The cottons are really good. I love the small checks which are emblematic of the 19th century, especially those that appear to be woven bamboo. This pattern is called sankuzushi, and it’s one of my favorites.