Inside Sashiko Stitching

Sashiko (meaning “little stabs”) originated as a utilitarian material: fabric was strengthened with stitches to rein- force points of wear and extend the life of a garment.
Our Sashiko fabric is sourced from our Japanese heritage manufacturer, is specially embroidered on the original, traditional machinery that was used to make these patterns in the past. The result is multiple unique patterns on the fabric.
The Miwa Orimono is the only company in Japan that has kept this special jacquard machine from the 1940s. These machines are so intricate and old, one machine stitches only 1 meter (approximately 1 yard) of fabric in an hour. Owner Kenichi Oohazama is the 4th generation in this family business.