刺し子 : Sashiko
Used for both utility and for ornamentation, Sashiko, a Japanese hand-stitched embroidery technique, was often used to reinforce fabric. Simple sashiko stitching was pivotal for boro patching and mending clothes but evolved into intricate embroidering of garments.
Sashiko’s translation, “little stabs,” is a reflection on its technique, creating these designs one stitch and thread at a time. Sashiko embroidery would be featured on fireman’s uniforms, hikeshi sashiko hasten, as crests, symbols, or patterns but also created a sturdier garment to protect them from bruises and burns.
Sashiko was also applied to the corners of a wrapping cloth called Furoshiki decoratively and to increase durability.
Sashiko patterns typically come from traditional Japanese and Chinese motifs appearing in nature and in folklore.
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