....when manufactured cotton cloth became available, the peasant class continued to use indigo to over dye their sashiko stitched garments and bedding. The indigo strengthened the cloth, and no doubt gave coherence to the pieced and patched garments and household linens....View full article →
....The wives being often too poor to purchase bundles of rags individually would group together to purchase, clean, sort and sashiko stitch the rags together to make clothing, bedding and household fabrics. It is around this time that white cotton thread appears in sashiko stitching.View full article →
How does symbolism in design happen?
...I think its likely that women doing this stitching found it more interesting if they based the designs on things that had meaning for them. This would account for why designs that represent the sea and fishing are found on the coastal fishing peoples clothing (diamond waves for example) and designs having to do with crops (plowed fields, windblown grasses) are found on the clothing of the inland farming peoples.
I use sashiko thread and stitch a few random lines on prints and plain fabrics quite often just to add texture and interest. The thing to remember when doing it is to make your stitches – I know you know the rest of this sentence! -View full article →
There are multiple designs that can be stitched from the linked circles sashiko pre printed fabric by stitching some lines and washing the rest away...View full article →