Sashiko 刺し子 is a traditional Japanese handcraft originally used by Japanese farmers to quilt together several layers of fabric for warmth and durability. Long time ago when fabrics were something expensive and valuable, people re-formed their old clothes into various things and sashiko is one of the style of the re-formation.
Each pattern has a name and meaning. For example, the pattern on the brown one at the top-right is called maru-shippo 丸七宝. Shippo means seven treasures and the pattern is to wish eternal harmony.
Japanese people tcombined practicality and art in one form and I think it is very Japanese-y and cool !
The coasters I use at TOKYO KITCHEN are all hand-made by my mother using the sashiko technique. Beautiful, aren't they ? I wish I had the sawing DNA.....
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