A Sashiko Stitched Length: Noragi Panel
mid twentieth century
56 1/2" x 13 1/4", 143.5 cm x 33.5 cm
This very panel is composed of two layers of cotton which have been sashiko stitched together in horizontal rows, using deep blue cotton thread. One layer of cotton is a deep, indigo, midnight blue and the other side, the one shown here, is a rich, warm, sky blue overall.
This length of sashiko stitched cotton was taken from a noragi or a work coat that seems not yet to have been worn. The pale blue cotton side has been pieced from several scraps of blue and purple cotton. The sashiko stitched rows are about 3/4" or 2 cm apart from one another.
A lovely length of cotton, and those who are familiar with hand stitching knows how much time was put into creating the rows of stitches which quilt together front and back.