Japanese Shima Kasuri

Japanese Shima Kasuri Textile for Sashiko

A pile of sample swatches of Japanese Shima (stripe) and Kasuri textile has arrived at the Upcycle Stitches. About 50 kinds of beautiful fabric made in Japan is available for sale and to be used in custom order. Some of them are not suitable for Sashiko. We will recommend the best fabric based on your preferences. I sincerely respect the manufacturers of Japanese Shima Kasuri Textile and I would like to continue using these beautiful fabrics as long as we can. The beautiful Japanese Shima fabric and Kasuri fabric with collaborating Sashiko stitching will make very unique, and beautiful house goods, such as coasters, placemats, and more. Even bags and jackets are available to made to order.

 

Sashiko Dinning Goods

*The photo shows the placemats and coasters made from Indigo Dye Fabric with Sashiko stitching

 

 

 

Indigo Dye, Shima Stripe, and Kasuri

When we enjoy Japanese traditional fabrics, we come across these keywords of Indigo Dye, Shima, and Kasuri. The Japanese cared what they wore in their unique fashion sense. Some of them were developed during the period when Japan closed its country border to the foreign countries. The era of National Isolation. We appreciate the hand-craft culture, and sincerely respect those who inheritance the technique and culture to continuously produce the great materials.

We are happy to introduce some of these beautiful fabrics to the world, with our proud technique and culture, Sashiko stitching.

 

 

All the samples of Japanese Shima Kasuri Textile

We have more than 50 kinds of fabric in form of small swatch.

As of now, we don’t share the most samples, but you are welcome to visit us to check the sample book. When we can build enough inventory, we will start providing the samples to retails shops/studios across the US. Although the sample is not available, the fabrics are available for sale. Please contact me for more detail. I will send you a PDF with photos of the sample and the price sheet.

*Some fabric is available for sale as well as sharing the samples.

Contact Atsushi in Upcycle Stitches 

 

 

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Kakishibu Dyed Thread

Kakishibu Dyed Thread | Hand Dyed with Persimmon

Squeezing the green (non-ripe) persimmon to get the juice. Fermenting it to transform the persimmon juice to a dye liquid. Smells are really strong. Controlling the condition is a big responsibility. After these steps, we can finally enjoy the natural color from Persimmon Tannin dye. We are happy to present our new Kakishibu Dyed Thread for the Sashiko stitching. The same perfect design (twist) for the Sashiko purpose, with the beautiful natural color from Kakishibu.

*Kakishibu (柿渋)= Persimmon Tannin in Japanese

 

Kakishibu Dyed Thread Covor

 

4 Shades of Kakishibu Dyed Thread are available

These 3 shades and 1 variegated color are available for sale! Enjoy the natural color in your Sashiko project.

  • K1 | Gold Yellow
  • K2 | Dark Grey
  • K3 | Greyish Brown
  • K4 | Persimmon Tannin Variation / Variegated

 

Kakishibu Dyed Thread 4 Shades availability

 

Kakishibu Dyed Thread K1 Kakishibu Dyed Thread K2
Kakishibu Dyed Thread K3 Kakishibu Dyed Thread K4

 

Kakishibu Dye Professional

Ever since Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya started challenging to dye Sashiko thread with Natural materials, Indigo Blue and Kakishibu Gold kept attracting us. The Kakishibu dye process requires at least 3 major conditions to make it successful.

  1. A lot of, tons of pure water
  2. Large space enough to prevent odor issues
  3. Skillful artisans to follow the strict dye process

It was very challenging to successfully achieve the Golden color Sashiko thread with ourselves. Then, in 2017, we got a fortune to come across the Kakishibu Dye Professionals in Gifu Prefecture, Kaki-Zanmai. They use the locally grown persimmon and follow the steps I illustrated in the first paragraph of this article. In their studio, people can dye what they would like. We asked them to dye our Sashiko thread, and we could add the Kakishibu color to our Sashiko Thread collection.

 

Here is a note from their Japanese website.

 

Kakishibu Dye

We provide a special Kakishibu dye made from “Izira Persimmon.” This Izira Persimmon is only produced in Yamagata city, Gifu Prefecture. The Izira Persimmon contains a lot of tannin, and had been well known for Kakishibu Dye. Natural & Local product for Kakishibu Dye. Kakishibu dyed product such as threads, fabrics, and papers are believed to have these functions; Anti Corrosion, Insect repellent, Antibacterial, Deodorant (Eliminating Odors), and Waterproofing.

 

Kakishibu Fabric, as well.

We have asked to dye the fabric as well. It is too costly to sell online for now, but we are happy to share the photos if you are interested. Please contact me so I can take photos of beautifully dyed fabric for Sashiko purpose. We are working on a project of Sashiko art piece with using Kakishibu Dye Sashiko Thread and Kakishibu Dye Cotton Fabric. Wait for the update 🙂

 

 

 

Natural Indigo Dyed Thread Bobbin

Natural Indigo Dyed Thread | Perfect for Sashiko

It requires experience in enjoying natural dyes. I am happy to share our accomplishment; Natural Indigo Dyed Thread. As always, it is the thread designed for Sashiko. We successfully dyed with natural indigo (the product of India) Perfect selection for your Sashiko project.

 

Natural Indigo Dyed Thread

 

Two Colors of Beautiful Indigo Blue is available

These #A1 and #A2 Indigo Blue Colors are available for sale! Enjoy the beautiful natural colors in your Sashiko project.

Indigo Dyed thread Comparison

 

A1 Natural Indigo Dyed Thread A2 Indigo Dyed thread

Several ways to dye thread to Indigo Blue

We understand that the “Indigo” as the dark blue with this definition below.

  1. A blue dye obtained from various plants, especially of the genus Indigofera, or manufactured synthetically.
  2. Any of numerous hairy plants belonging to the genus Indigofera, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of usually red or purple flowers.
  3. A color ranging from a deep violet blue to a dark, grayish blue.

1 – Benefit of Industrialization

The most common way to dye thread to Dark Indigo Blue is to use the synthetic dye. They usually manufacture and dye thread synthetically with using machines. Thanks to the industrialization, we enjoy the benefit of the reasonably priced thread. The result is not as “natural” as the other Indigo dye thread, the color is very similar. In our Sashiko Thread Collection, #15 is the Indigo Blue Colored Thread (dyed synthetically.)

Mono Color Sashiko Thread Dyed Synthetically Indigo Blue
Blue Sashiko Thread Collection dyed by synthetic dyes. #15 – Indigo Blue is the top one.

2 – Benefit from Indigo Researchers

One of Natural Dye suppliers we trust created a wonderful dye; a combination of natural and synthetic dye with ease in the process. There is no requirement of fermenting the dye liquid nor controlling the temperature. Although we do not carry the thread dyed by this amazing half-natural & half synthetic dye since we focus on “natural” when creating our own thread, I have heard many good things about this renovated dye from Indigo researchers.

 

3 – Natural Indigo Dyes

The most beautiful way, in my opinion, to appreciate the Indigo Blue is to use the Natural Dyes and dye them by hands. In this page, we are introducing new Sashiko thread, as the Natural Indigo Dyed Thread. Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya prepared the liquid from powdered Natural Indigo, and let the liquid fermented in the controlled temperature, then dyed carefully by hands, only 10 skeins of thread each time. For Natural Indigo Dyes, there are mainly two methods/materials available in our capability.

Natural Indigo Dye Thread Process
Keiko dyes thread carefully by hands.

 

A – Indigo Dyes from India

It requires the regular controlling process, but easier than the option B. The Indigo produced in India made the Natural Indigo Dye process available for non-professional Indigo dye artists. It requires experience and strict condition control. However, when you follow the procedure appropriately, the result is very rewarding. As of 2017 Summer, we used this Indigo Dye from India to create this beautiful Indigo Blue.

Natural Indigo Dye Thread Product of India

B – Sukumo in Japanese traditional Indigo Dye

In Japan, people followed the beautiful process of making “Japanese-Indigo-Blue.” This dyeing process with Sukumo requires a lot of experience, deep knowledge, and a long time to invest. Even in Japan, there are only a few artists/artisans who follow the traditional Indigo dyeing. I know one of them and my head is down for their effort and beautiful result.

 

Our next Step to have Natural Indigo Dyed Thread

 

Our next step is, of course, to dye our thread with the Japanese traditional way to create the Japanese Indigo Blue.

We are not capable of creating our own Sukumo and Natural Indigo dye from the scratch, but we could purchase the materials and follow the procedures, then practice. We do not know how long it would take to make them as the products. However, as we have been acheiving so many goals already, we will make it happen as well. In fact, we started practicing dyeing the thread with Sukumo after we successfully produced the A1 & A2 Indigo Dyed sashiko Thread. Please wait for the update!

 

 

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Tulip Sashiko Needle Big Eye Straight

We are honored and happy to introduce the new Sashiko Needle Big Eye Straight Thin from Tulip Needle Company in Hiroshima, Japan.

Needle Manufacturing in Hiroshima has more than three hundreds years of its history. Tulip Company was established in 1948 and thay have been producing fine needles for all crafting purposes. No need to mention, almost 70 years of its beautiful history proven the quality of their products is supreme. With collaborating to Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya, Tulip Company produced the great Sashiko needle for the sashiko stitching purpose.

 

One day, Keiko received a favor to use their previous Sashiko needle if she could provide the suggestion for the improvement as the active Sashiko artist. She used the needle in the several unofficial projects, and then she provided the report with advice. Based on the report, Tulip Company created the beautiful tool for Sashiko: Sashiko needle Big Eye Straight (Thin and Thick Size)

 

A Thin size is available.

A Thick Size will be available soon.

 

 

Good tool make your project rewarding

Sashiko requires you to spend a lot of time. The hand-stitching is the beauty of Sashiko, and as long as it is hand-stitched, it takes a lot of time to complete. We want you to have the beautiful stitching result so your project will be rewarding. One of the most important preparation to have the best result is to get the supreme quality tools. Although we have already introduced our Sashiko needles we use, the Sashiko needle from Tulip Company would be the very nice needle to have a side. The different project (fabric/design ) would require a different kind of needle.

 

I will make a report of how these two needles are different based on my experiences from now.

*Shop Sashiko Tools with great quality

Sashiko Needle Big Eye Straight Size
Sashiko Needle We use on a regular basis.

 

Beautiful Sashiko Needle Big Eye Straight

Not only their needles are so beautifully made, but the package of Sashiko Needle Big Eye straight also attract people’s sense of beauty. I wish we could soon produce the beautiful package like this. I believe the package of Tulip needle can be a good gift idea for your friends you would like to share the passion of Sashiko.

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Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans ~ ASANO-HA CO1

A challenge in 2017 of Modern Denim Fashion came out pretty good. It is still in the process of Sashiko, I thought of sharing the beautiful image of the progress. I received an interesting question if I am hand-stitching or not. Yes, everything is done by hand so it is genuine Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans. It took about 20 hours to complete the Asano-ha pattern. Here is a step by step image how used jeans turn out “one-of-a-kind” Sashiko Jeans.

Each process of Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans

Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans 1
New Denim is difficult to do Sashiko on. Pick a used jeans with soft fabric.

 

Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans 2
Try to stitch the straight line first. Think of efficiency.

 

 

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Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans
The pattern started coming up. It is very rewarding time. Enjoying it.

 

Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans Final
After filling the final line, we can enjoy the beautiful Asano-ha pattern.

 

Time-consuming but very rewarding

Since it is hand-stitched, the process of making Sashiko stitching is very time-consuming. Some may say that using the machine would speed up the process and avoid the troubles of spending so much time. In fact, there is a sewing machine to make “Sashiko look stitches” available for sale in the market. However, I believe, the imperfectness of hand stitching make the pattern more beautiful. Even speaking of the speed, when we make a stitched to the tailored jeans or jackets, hand-stitching may be faster and efficient.

 

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My goal is to keep this culture and share the technique

As I keep mentioning in this website, my goal is to keep this Sashiko culture to the next generation by sharing the technique. At the same time, for those who are interested in wearing Sashiko jeans, I will restart accepting the order to perform Sashiko stitching on the customer’s garment. It is a time-consuming process, so I cannot take many orders… so sharing the technique is also very important to achieve my goal.

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Regardless. Look at this photo. It is so cool and beautiful.

The hand-stitching with “recycle, upcycle, repurpose” concept in sustainability with Slow Fashion may be your choice. Repair it instead of replacing it. The recycle and sustainable fashion can be fashionable and cool.

 

 

Hand-Stitched Sashiko Jeans Marina

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Modern Denim Fashion with Japanese Sashiko

The word of Sashiko is getting popular in many industries, even in a field of fashion. As the Sashiko artist, I am happy that people get inspired by the image of Sashiko. Although some seem to misunderstand what Sashiko is, the spreading the concept of Sashiko matters first. As a part of my Sashiko challenge in 2017, I restarted practicing Sashiko on the denim fabric. I hope my sample pieces would influence the modern denim fashion, and contribute to the actual Sashiko culture, “the repurpose, appreciation to the fabric, and sustainability.”

*Please refer to the previous article regarding my understanding to Sashiko and its definition. 

 

The fabric lasting longer by rich stitching

Sashiko is a form of stitching to repair, mend, and strengthening the fabric. The famous Japanese vintage fabric “Boro” is the result of repeated Sashiko stitching. Sashiko is well-known for patching and mending the hole in the fabric and torn fabric. In the modern society, Sashiko transformed its concept a bit and now well-known for decorative stitching from Japan.

 

In my Modern Denim Fashion projects, I perform both stitching to strengthening the fabric and mending the torn fabric. The fabric gets much stronger by having so many rich stitching. When the fabric is stronger, the denim garment can last longer. The longer we can use the garment, the more appreciation we can have to the fabric.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the garment with Sashiko is even more beautiful (fashionable) with stitching?

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The possibility in Sashiko with Modern Denim Fashion

Every stitch is done by hands… Therefore, I cannot produce many samples in the short period of time. However, I hope, these samples with Sashiko stitching will influence the modern denim fashion field and spread the concept of Sashiko. It is very difficult to change the mass-production and mass-consumption society. I do not intend to criticize this beneficial industry. In fact, I get to benefit from mass-production. I just would like to spread the concept of appreciation to the fabric, mending and repairing, and ultimately, “repairing it instead of replacing it.”

 

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Please wait for my update with more samples. I believe we can surprise the world.

 

*You can purchase the swatches of sashiko fabric to patch (stitch-on) to your garment instead of stitching directly. 

 

 

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A Subtle difference in Sashiko White Thread

Indigo Dyed – dark blue fabric and white thread; it is the most popular fabric-thread combination for a long time. Even in modern society, Sashiko with the dark blue fabric and white thread is unique and beautiful. We have two kinds of Sashiko white thread; Original White (Ecru White) and Bright White (Bleached White).

 

Sashiko White Thread Difference
Above: Original White #10/ Below: Bright White #12

 

Comparison in Sashiko White Thread

The thread #10 Original White has an ecru color. In comparison, it is more like the cream color. The thread #12 Bright White is the snow-white color, and it is the white we think of when we say, white. #12 is the brighter white than #10. I named #10 Original White because #12 is dyed (bleached) to make the pure white color.

Both of them are the perfect thread for Sashiko stitching. The color you may choose is up to your preference. Here is a sample Sashiko fabric that I use both #10 and #12 on Indigo Dye Fabric. Interestingly, when you stitch the 2 Sashiko White Thread on the Indigo fabric, #10 looks also pure-white. We choose the thread color AFTER we find the fabric because the stitching on the fabric will decide which thread will result in the color we are imagining.

*This is the reason Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya dye the thread by hands: to create the color we would like to have on top of 22 color selection.

 

Sashiko White Thread Comparison
Left: #10 Original White / Right: #12 Bright White

Even we aren’t so sure how color of stitching come out

Keiko has almost 35 years of experience in Sashiko. She always says, “We can imagine how the color of stitching will come out. However, it isn’t certain and we cannot promise the color result when we try something new.”

When we start a new project, we often make a small stitching sample to make sure if the fabric and stitching match as we imagine. It is another reason of difficulty in accepting a custom order over the Internet. Although we want to achieve the result is as the customer imagined, the combination sometimes results in difference to the image based on the color chart. We accept an order from the people who understand this difficulty of finding the right thread.

 

Well, in fact, this difficulty is actually what makes Sashiko more interesting.

We never know what’s gonna happen until we actually start stitching. Isn’t it like a life?

Sashiko Dream

Sashiko Dream after sharing what we have

My goal, through Upcycle Stitches LLC, is to introduce what Sashiko is to the world. In other words, I would share the Sashiko techniques so everyone can enjoy Sashiko stitching and its culture behind it. “Make Sashiko as open-sourced information” is the key phrase I came up with. Not everyone has to be like me or Keiko. I want each craftsman/artist to use the technique and culture I use to expand their possibility in their own project/art. If I could meet a fashion designer who appreciates what I have been sharing through Sashiko, it would be a great return for me. Well, how about my dream? I suppose I should also mention about my Sashiko Dream, and why I am investing so much money and time into Sashiko.

 

A Sashiko Studio where people can gather

My immediate Sashiko Dream is to have a Sashiko Studio where people can gather for their Sashiko needs. I would host various kinds of Sashiko workshops regularly. People could come and ask questions about their Sashiko project. Good Sashiko materials and supplies such as threads, fabric, and tools would be available for sale after touching the actual samples. Visitors can share their projects and get/give inspiration to/from others. The studio can be a small place, but I would like to update my “virtual studio” in my house to the actual shop on the street.

Days we can fully focus on Sashiko and its operation

Most of the profits from our online stores, workshops, and advertisement on our media are accumulated for the dream above, to have the studio. It is a bit of my personal story, but my full-time job was (still is) to maintain my family. I am a home-maker father. Cleaning, Cooking, and other house chores come first to me in a daily basis. Thanks to my partner who provide the bread to the family, I can continue what I think I should, Sashiko.

Even Keiko, who is a great Sashiko artist, occasionally work part time as a cafe-waitress to get some extra cash for her expenses. It isn’t easy to maintain the life with engaging in “all-hand-made crafts” industry. Regardless of our personal situation, Keiko and I believe that someone would need to pass Sashiko to the next generation, to the future, and I believe that “someone” would be us and our friends in Japan, and all over the world.

 

One day, we would be able to just focus on Sashiko. Hosting many customers who are interested in Sashiko and provide the appropriate answers and solutions.

That is my, and our Sashiko Dream for coming a few years.

 

Sashiko as a form of culture

How about a mid-term dream? From now, my personal understanding kicks in a lot. So please read it as my opinion.

Sashiko is now a form of “hobby.” I am not saying the Sashiko artists are creating their products unprofessionally. I am saying it is difficult to make Sashiko as an industry in this society. I do not know a person who lives by doing only Sashiko. In other words, I don’t know anyone who lives without the additional income resources (or other financial support like me).

 

Although there were small Sashiko industries in some towns in Japan, Sashiko used to be merely a daily chore. In snowy towns surrounded by mountains, women stitched to repair or strengthen the fabric for men over the winter when they didn’t have farming jobs.

 

Chore, Hobby or Industry. I don’t know what is the right form of Sashiko to be passed down. However, I would like to keep the culture of Sashiko including its history and concepts behinds it.

 

Culture is something we intend to leave for

Some people say that things or concepts survived for a long time and remained its form is so called culture. Personally, I think culture is something we purposefully try to leave for the society. If everyone on the earth agreed that we no longer need the concept of Sashiko, then, what I am trying to do may be a waste of time. However, by meeting many people who are interested in the concepts of “sustainability, repurpose, and recycle,” Sashiko will remain in the future by receiving a lot of supports from many people. We would like to be the part of the movement, and moreover, we would like to protect what we have.

It is much easier to preserve what we have than researching and discovering what we had.

 

Being famous is a process to make Sashiko Dream come true, not the goal.

Very nice people who met us and who saw our Sashiko arts tell us that they want Keiko and I be famous. We are very honored to recieve these compliment, and we would like to be famous if there is a chance. However, being famous is neither our goal nor dream. It is a process of acheving the Sashiko Dream I described above.

 

 

Places where we Upcycle what we have.

The more I meet people who appreciate the culture of sustainability, the more I feel I would need to learn about not only Sashiko but also the concept itself.

Even limited to Sashiko, I know only the one aspect of Sashiko technique and the history in one small region. Other than Sashiko, the learning materials is unlimited.

 

One day, I would like to have places where we share the culture, technique, and passion to upcycle what we have.

 

Gradation Color Sashiko Thread

Gradation Color Sashiko Thread with Sample Stitching

Recently, I enjoy making “Thread Bobbins – Itomaki” like the photo below. They are just so cute. Itomaki is a process of preparing to start Sashiko efficiently. However, I kind of enjoy the preparation process than actual stitching for now. Well, both Sashiko Stitching and winding the thread are the great meditation to calm me down. Here are the Itomaki Bobbins I made for gradation color Sashiko Thread.

*I sometimes refer Gradation Color Sashiko Thread to Variegated Color Sashiko Thread

 

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Enjoy the color variegation

Five selection of Gradation Color Sashiko Thread is one of our best selling products on our website. The color variegation adds great charm to the Sashiko project. For example, by using #203 Pink-to-White Color Sashiko thread, you will get the great Sakura (Cherry Blossom) color when you make a flower design pattern on the fabric.

 

Coron Sashiko Thread Available in USA | gradation color Sashiko Thread.

 

Sample Stitching with Gradation Color Sashiko Thread

I received some requests to untie the Variegated Color Sashiko thread, so I made the sample Sashiko stitching with it. From left to right, #205-#204-#203-#202-#201. I stitched about 3~4 lines for each color. The design of sample stitching is simply the parallel lines with changing the thread by a meter or so. It is beautiful as it is already colorful.

 

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In addition to 5 Gradation Color Selection, we have 15 Solid (Mono) Color Selection, 2 Sashi.Co Original Color Selection, and more than 25 of Natural Dyed (Botanical Dyed) Selection for the Sashiko thread. They are all great for the Sashiko Stitching. As I repeatedly say, I strongly recommend you to get the best Sashiko Thread available for your investment. Sashiko requires you to invest a lot of your time. I want everyone to have a great result, and good quality Sashiko thread will be a good reward.

 

I will make sample stitching fabric for the other colors I have.

Keep you updated with us. Enjoy Sashiko!

 

*All of the Sashiko Thread is available in our Etsy Store as well as Amazon Market Place.

 

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No More New Cloth ~ Is it even possible?

One afternoon, I refurbished my 5 years old Sashiko Wallet by patching and Sashiko Stitching. I enjoyed the process, and the result was even more enjoyable. I felt that I followed the path of Boro: when Japanese kept mending their fabric with needle and thread. Then, I realize… why don’t I mend and repair everything I put on? Here is a statement of my silly challenges; I purchase No More New Cloth.

The article about Wallet Sashiko Boro Repair Project

 

Simply, I will purchase no more new cloth

The outline of the challenge is quite simple. I don’t purchase the new cloth such as Jackets and Jeans. I will keep wearing what I have now, and I will keep mending and repairing the garment when it get torn or hole. I have been enjoying the denim mending with Sashiko. On top of my interest, this challenge may investigate the possibility of recycling the cloth and fashion. The core concept is: Repair it instead of Replace it.

I will purchase the fabric to mend and repair. Every time I repaired my garment instead of replaced it, I will update the website to make the challenge progress report. This should be a fun challenge since I always tried to purchase the good quality cloth instead of cheap fast fashion cloth (of course, some of them are from fast fashion brand…) I hope this challenge can influence the society even a bit.

 

 

No More New Cloth

A few exception

Please understand these categories are the exception of this challenge. Only because I don’t want to make the others uncomfortable more than necessary. Original Boro is pretty dirty and stinky, but my challenge should focus on clean recycling and repurposing.

  • New underwear, pairs of socks and towels
  • Formal cloth such as the business suit and tuxedo
  • Gifts and Presents from others

 

The biggest obstacle for this silly challenge

Well… on big obstacle for this challenge is my body shape. Since I became the father, I gained more than 20 pounds… Some pairs of jeans is too tight to wear. So I will watch my weight and keep repairing what I love.