My love of sashiko is in the intention of the art - to preserve and restore the pieces you wear most often. The pieces that reflect your life experiences and memories. It’s the art of aging gracefully.
Originating in ancient Japan, Sashiko means “little stabs” - a reflection of the running stitches that makes up sashiko’s geometric patterns. Sashiko is often described as “functional embroidery” and is a balance between an appreciation of beauty and a practical technique.
Considered a “folk textile” produced and used by the peasant classes, sashiko was winter work for women in fishing and farming communities. The embroidery technique was used to extend the life of worn fabrics and clothing in a beautiful way.
Sashiko is the basis for Boro which means “tattered rags”. Traditionally done with white cotton threads on indigo blue dyed cloth, this home-art is a process were cloth is neatly patched together using sashiko stitches to cover and reinforce worn areas.