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! -
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...
Pre printed sashiko fabric refers to fabrics that have been printed with wash away sashiko designs so that you can skip the transfer part, and go straight to sashiko stitching.
Wonder about the fabric sashiko was originally stitched on,
and how the designs were transferred to the cloth?