Sashiko

Sashiko is a quilting technique using a running stitch to reinforce and prolong the life of a fabric or to stitch and recycle old pieces of cloth into a new garment. Sashiko created warmer and more durable fabrics for the Japanese farmer who originally used the stitch for practical reasons. Decorative sashiko stitching developed out of this need for warmth and durability and functions to embellish while strengthen the garment or object.
A Tightly Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Traditional Dustrag

A Tightly Sashiko Stitched Zokin: Traditional Dustrag

mid twentieth century6" x 11 1/2", 15.25 cm x 29 cm Zokin... (more)

A Small Square Textured Zokin: Sashiko Stitched Dust Rag

A Small Square Textured Zokin: Sashiko Stitched Dust Rag

mid twentieth century8 3/4" x 8 3/4", 22.25 cm x 22.25 cm... (more)

A Gorgeously Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki: Kasuri Dyed Cotton

A Gorgeously Sashiko Stitched Furoshiki: Kasuri Dyed Cotton

early to mid twentieth century44" x 41", 111.5 cm x 104 c... (more)

A Pair of Sashiko Stitched Hand Guards: Akita Prefecture

A Pair of Sashiko Stitched Hand Guards: Akita Prefecture

mid twentieth centuryeach: 16" x 5 1/4", 40.5 cm x 13.25 ... (more)

A Ragged, Layered Sashiko Stitched Diaper: Old Cloth

A Ragged, Layered Sashiko Stitched Diaper: Old Cloth

early to mid twentieth century23" x 12", 58.5 cm x 30.5 c... (more)

A Sashiko Stitched Diaper: Beautiful Hand Spun Cotton

A Sashiko Stitched Diaper: Beautiful Hand Spun Cotton

early to mid twentieth century20 1/2" x 12", 52 cm x 30.5... (more)

An Elaborately Sashiko Stitched Mat: Tortoise Shell Pattern

An Elaborately Sashiko Stitched Mat: Tortoise Shell Pattern

early to mid twentieth century30 1/4" x 24", 76.5 cm x 61... (more)

A Zokin with Complex Stitching: Colored Sashiko

A Zokin with Complex Stitching: Colored Sashiko

mid twentieth century12 3/4" x 13", 32.5 cm x 33 cm Zokin... (more)

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