Japan Sashiko

Japanese sashiko dates back to as early as 16th and 17th centuries and is a stitching technique that originates from the rural areas of Japan. In this part of the country lives the working/ lower class citizens that valued everything they had and did not let one thing go to waste. They valued clothing like money and used the garments as workwear and for protection against the¬†changing weather. (Kallal, 2016) Sashiko means “little stabs” and it is a running stitch that women used to repair and add thickness to the textiles where they are worn form constant wear (Nickels, 2019). This technique over the years has evolved from just a repair stitch to elaborate designs by using grids to map out the designs and patterns. This technique is still taught and used in today’s stitching designs around the world in different¬†cultures.