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Olympus sashiko thread is made from long staple Egyptian cotton. Sashiko threads are 'string like', and you use the whole strand for sashiko stitching. It is about the same weight as #5 perle cotton threads.
Sashiko thread is soft and a little fuzzy when you first stitch with it but gets plumper and prettier with washings.
Don't overlook this thread for wool appliqué and toy making. It is one of my favourite threads for both of those because of its soft texture.