A Pair of Heavily Sashiko Stitched Tabi: Undyed Cotton
ca. early to mid twentieth century
each: 4 3/4" x 9", 12 cm x 23 cm
As most of you know, tabi are the traditional, split-toe "socks" of Japan, and there are many variations of tabi, from this type--thick, heavy cotton used for work--to very elegant pairs of tabi that are worn when wearing formal dress.
This pair of tabi is made from beautiful, hand loomed, undyed cotton. The entire perimeter of the outside of each of the tabi is densely sashiko stitched using vertically-oriented stitching and very thick, heavy white cotton thread, the same color as the base cloth. The toe areas of the tabi are likewise stitched.
As can be seen in the accompanying photographs, this pair of tabi has been worn and there are traces of this in the slight discoloration from wear, which is natural.
A beautifully hand made pair of rustic tabi, these are a wonderful resource for a sashiko stitcher or for someone who admires the traditional folk textiles of old Japan. (Please note that on the proper, right-foot tabi one of the two cotton ties is missing).
Beautiful--and still quite wearable.