Japanese Traditional Boro

Japanese Traditional Boro | We Revive them

“Boro (襤褸)” means a piece of ragged cloth in Japanese. Recently, with spreading a word & culture of “Boro” spreading to the world, the word itself starts having other meaning besides simply “ragged cloth.” I enjoy the various interpretation of the culture of Boro and many Boro-inspired art-works. I appreciate the beauty of contemporary Boro culture. However, as a group of Sashiko artists, we would like to introduce how the Japanese Traditional Boro look like.

 

Not only patchwork. A result of repetitive repairing.

Boro is not only about patchworking small swatches of fabric into one art. The big difference from the western patchwork art is that the main purpose of the project was repairing the torn fabric.

Some of the Boro we can find in the antique market is too fragile to use. We have experienced a valuable piece of Boro “washed away” in hand-washing process. Therefore, we understand that some of the Boro pieces should be kept in the museum or other exhibition facilities.

However, what we would like to pass down to the next generation is not only the beautiful pieces of Boro but also the culture of Boro including how to make these. We continuously search for a good piece of Boro, wash them carefully with expecting some damages and loss, then patch them together to revive the fabric. As exactly the Japanese a few hundred years ago performed, we make the Boro fabric.

 

Our Boro arts are “clean” and “usable” in your daily life.

We use the Boro, then we repair it. The repetitive repairing makes the authentic Japanese traditional fabric.

 

Boro from Japanese Tradition

 

 

At Random Beauty in Japanese Traditional Boro?

Some people say that the beauty in Boro is a product of at random repairing & mending. Is that really so? We do not agree with that. It is true that the Japanese did not have enough fabric to create a new jacket or a blanket. They had to repair a hole or torn part by using other old fabrics.

However, if they didn’t care about beauty or artistic perspective of Boro, why did they patch only one type of fabric? I believe that they tried to be as fashionable as they can, in limited resources of fabrics.

It also reflects the interesting Japanese culture of shame. The Boro was a symbol of “poverty” and the Japanese felt shame on the patched Boro. With following this culture, our Boro Jacket has more patches inside of Jacket.

 

We try to follow the old traditional way of Boro making.

With understanding how the Japanese would think and repair, we believe we revive the fabric and Boros as the Japanese in the 18 century do in 2018.

 

The core of Boro | Appreciation.

Please understand that I am not criticizing the current movement of contemporary Boros. I enjoy watching many arts inspired by the Traditional Boro, and I get inspired by the Boros made in current society.

 

The core concept of Boro is appreciating what we have.

As long as we follow this core idea of Boro, the result of Boro (patchworking, repairing and quilting) can be in any form.

 

In this fast-paced society with mass production & mass consumption, appreciating the small piece of fabric is off the mainstream. It is time-consuming and not efficient.

 

However, I believe it would be nice to leave the culture of appreciation to fabric is a great gift we can leave to the next generation. In addition to the culture and beauty of repairing the fabric, if we can share how fun Sashiiko & Boro are in daily life, we can impact a bit to the current society to more sustainable society.

I want you to have the one in your home.

We sell the Japanese Traditional Boro for those who would like to have the actual Boro piece in your home. I believe our pricing is very reasonable for the authentic look Boro pieces. All the Boro pieces were made in 2017, with repairing and patchworking the severely damaged/torn small swatches of Boro with Sashiko.

 

They are available on our Etsy store. Please click the link below if you are interested.

 

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Price: $135.00

Size: 17″ x 13″ / 43cm x 33 cm

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#002Boro_Stripe

Price: $250.00

Size: 36″ x 15.5″ / 91 cm x 40 cm

Japanese Traditional Boro 002_1 Japanese Traditional Boro 002_2

 

#003Boro_Purposed Random 

Price:$250.00

Size: 34″ x 15.5″ / 86cm x 40 cm

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Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements all

Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements Part.1

Since I started Sashiko Workshop in 2016, I have shared my Sashiko expertise with more than 50 people. Thanks to good friends of mine, I can keep continuing this journey. One of the graduates shared her Sashiko works after the workshops. These are the photos of “Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements”! You can expect to learn enough skills to do the similar work after taking our Sashiko workshops.

 

We still have a few seats available in coming-up workshops next weekend in NYC. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to start the beautiful upcycling work, Sashiko.

 

Sashiko Stitching Workshop:

Still Available on

  • Saturday 11/11, 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Sunday 11/12, 2 pm to 5 pm

You can learn how to make good Sashiko stitches with appropriate tools and techniques. This is a basic, yet fundamental and core, workshop to get better in stitching. Even if you have some experience in Sashiko stitching, this may be beneficial workshop if you aren’t 100 % comfortable in using the unique Sashiko tools such as long needles and a round shape Sashiko thimble. The appropriate understanding of “how to use tools” will increase your productivity of your Sashiko, and result in the better Sashiko stitching.

 

Sashiko Mending Gathering:

Still Available on

  • Sunday 11/12, 10 am to 1 pm

This is another rare opportunity to have “EVERYTHING” you ever need to enjoy hand-made Sashiko Mending to your own garment.

Atsushi will provide the necessary informative presentation and his collection of Sashiko fabric, thread, tools, and ideas. Bring your own garment and enjoy the 3 hours of intensive Sashiko Mending.

 

I want your “Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements”

 

Take a look at the beautiful and unique pieces he accomplished.

Boro-ish and vintage fabric patches on Jacket, Shoes, and Jeans. She is happy that her work got so productive and accurate. Join our Sashiko circle and enjoy your own project. It is all about appreciating what we have and upcycling your favorite garment and then enjoy the beautiful result.

 

Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements 7 Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements 1  Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements 3

 

 

 

 

Sashiko Denim Repair Service and Fee

I am so honored to receive many compliments to my jeans after performing the Sashiko Denim Repair. Although I started mending my jeans as my hobby, I decided to offer the Sashiko Denim Repair Service for ones who can share my understandings to Sashko Stitching and Sashiko’s concept. I am sorry that there are so many conditions to agree before the actual repairing order. However, please understand it is necessary because all of the services will be done by hands, and I would need to rely on customer’s common sense for the better service.

 

This is the new service I provide out of my routine days. Before launching this as the official service, I would like to have a sort of probation period for myself, to see if this is satisfying service for the customers.

 

Outline of Sashiko Denim Repair Service

*This is the deal for Probation Period

 

This is a service Atsushi will repair your jeans with Sashiko stitching and Sashiko stitched fabric. (See sample of Sashiko stitched fabric).

If you are interested, please contact me first with photos of your favorite jeans with the hole(s) or tear(s) after reading this article and agreeing on the conditions. We will discuss the details, then I will send you the address to make a shipment to.

 

Here are some conditions.

  • I may decide the kinds of Sashiko fabric I use in the project. I will probably not take order-made Sashiko fabric for this service. However, please let me know what kind of color you would like or what kind of pattern you would like since your preference is important for us.
  • I will inform you how long it would take to get service done. It is NOT promised time frame. Please understand that it is just an estimate.
  • I set the flat service fee for the probation period. This fee includes one big hole OR several small holes repairment. You may refer my previous works and ask for the estimated fees if you want to have more.
  • Please send me the jeans AFTER washing it. I understand that some people do not wish to wash the jeans, but doing Sashiko on dirty jeans is very difficult.
  • If you prefer to have Sashiko stitching on the new jeans, it may be possible based on your request.
  • If you prefer to have the order-made Sashiko fabric to patch or have so many parts to “repair,” I will do so with the regular price. I will give you the estimate so please send me the photos.
  • Please allow me to use your project in Youtube/Instagram Live Streaming

 

The fee for the Sashiko Denim Repair Service:

99 USD 

The regular price will be about $200 and up, depending on the repair I would need.

 

What is included in the fee

  • Sashiko fabric patch needed in the repair service
  • Labor fee for Atsushi
  • Shipping (Priority Mail with USPS) Fee to return to you

 

Qualification for the Service

  • Read and be aware of my understanding to Sashiko and Boro
  • Willingness to upload the “before/after” photos of the service on your blog, SNS or Instagram with referring this description page and account.
  • Permission for me to write about your order & work on your project on Live Streaming.
  • Promise that you wear the jeans I serviced continuously. I believe Sashiko shines the most in the daily usage.

 

Sample of my results with Sashiko Denim Repair Service

 

I will keep adding my results and orders from customers.

It would be nice that someone in the world is wearing what I stitch & mend.

 

*Estimates is based on the jeans I worked on. It may vary depends on your preferences. I am happy to discuss your needs.

 

Sashiko Vintage Patchwork

Using the Japanese Vintage Fabric Swatches, makes the big fabric by patchworking it, then perform Sashiko and patch it on the Jeans.

You may design where and how to patch the fabric.

I will make the patchwork fabrics since the Japanese Vintage Fabric is very limited.

 

Fee Estimate: $650.00

Including materials and labor.

 
 

Sashiko Jeans

 

Sashiko has another purpose of strengthening the fabric. By me stitching directly onto your jeans, the fabric will be stronger and more durable.

All stitching is done by hand.

As of now, Asano-ha & Shippou Patterns are available.

Fee Estimate: 

Asano-ha Pattern 

1 leg 1 side: $180

1 leg both side: $300

Entire Jeans: $500

 

Shippou Patten 

1 leg 1 side: $220

1 leg both side: $400

Entire Jeans: $650

 

Sashiko Denim Repair Service Shippou

 

Sashiko Pattern Preprinted or Transfer Pattern Yourself

I frequently get a common question when I talk about the process of preparing Sashiko project. “Which is better, to get Sashiko Pattern Preprinted Fabric or to transfer patterns oneself?”

My answer is always on the one with transferring pattern by yourself. Why? It is simply more fun when you have better control on your own Sashiko project. Sashiko isn’t only about stitching. It is about making your own favorite item with stitching your own preferable patterns. Therefore, I recommend learning how to transfer the Sashiko pattern onto your fabric. It isn’t difficult at all.

 

Easiness of Sashiko Pattern Preprinted Fabric

At the same time, however, I understand it seems like easy to just purchase the Sashiko Pattern Preprinted fabric. You can start stitching right after your package arrives.

There are many options available in the market. Especially for those with Japanese semantics patterns are very popular. When we had a shop in Japan, it was one of the best-selling items in the DIY section. Upcycle Stitches LLC carries some Sashiko Pattern Preprinted Fabric, too. Regardless of my preference or recommendation, I would like to follow the customers’ need.

 

Please do not ignore, however, that it is quite simple to transfer the pattern on the fabric. Although it may take a bit of practice to make it neat, the practice will be rewarding in your long journey with Sashiko.

 

Upcycle Stitches provide the tutorials online

Well. Yes. It may be easy for me to say it. I understand your worries.

Therefore, I uploaded a free online tutorial video how to transfer the Sashiko pattern onto the fabric. In the video, I introduce all the necessary materials to process it. Upcycle Stitches even sell the DIY kit for the practice of transferring the pattern with a reasonable budget.

Once you get used to it and keep the essential items in your box, it is completely up to your imagination to have Sashiko pattern on your Sashiko project. I want you to enjoy the freedom and the result with it.

 

 

 

Silk Screen the pattern for the bigger project.

 

The more I introduce Sashiko among my workshop participants, the more we understand the needs for Sashiko Pattern preprinted Fabric. Therefore, Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya and I start considering to invest into silk screen printing. This allows us to prepare a bulk number of pre-printed fabric for customers without adding enormous variable (labor) cost.

 

It is, however, going to be a big investment, and we would sincerely appreciate your support on our Patreon page. You will get the exclusive deals there, too. Also, we would like to know what kind of patterns would suit to the U.S. market. Would you prefer the traditional geometric patterns? Or something I like such as Kamon family patterns? I wouldn’t make the picture based patterns since the customers’ preferences would vary a lot.

 

  • A.Traditional Geometric Pattern

Sashiko Pattern Preprinted 2

  • B.Kamon Japanese Family Pattern

Sashiko Pattern Preprinted 3

 

 

 

Please let us know by leaving the comment. Which do you like better? Geometric or Kamon?

 

 

Sashiko Stitched Fabric Discount 3

Patreon Special Offer| Sashiko Stitched Fabric Discount

Our goal is to introduce what Sashiko is. In order to achieve the goal, we share the sashiko fabric we stitched in the market. At the same time, however, we understand the Sashiko stitched fabric are expensive materials to get for your projects. Although we believe the pricing is reasonable, I decided to offer the special Sashiko Stitched Fabric Discount in order to spread our Sashiko Fabric across the world. I hope you will have a chance to enjoy the combination of Japanese textile (Usually, we use the Japanese vintage fabric) and beautiful our Sashiko stitching (Mostly, we use our Natural Dye Sashiko Thread).

Before the discount. I want to share our situation.

In order to achieve our goal to introduce Sashiko, ideally speaking, I would like us to focus on just Sashiko.

Not only working on our Sashiko projects but also creating more Sashiko tutorials and even writing a book within a good timing manner would be critical to introduce what Sashiko is to the world. However, unfortunately, we are not able to focus on these tasks because of financial situation. Keiko sometimes gets the part-time job for some necessary expense. Atsushi works on other jobs to get some cash.

Then we found this website called Patreon.

 

I would like to offer up to 40% discount on our Sashiko Stitched Fabric Swatches for those who understand what we are trying to achieve. I will enrich the contents of the Patreon page to share our goals and dreams. You can be our supporters (patrons) with $1 per month. Please consider to support us and enjoy the big discount we ever offer.  I sincerely appreciate your consideration, and contribution, in advance.Sashiko Stitched Fabric Discount

 

Details of Sashiko Stitched Fabric Discount

*This discount offer applied to only the supporters on our Patreon Page. The detail of discount is here.

I offer up to 40% discount based on the effort you would make to introduce Sashiko to the world. Please contact me through Patreon so I will issue the coupon directly to you.

 

 

Some of the effort you could do help us is…

  1. Be a patron on our Patreon Page. If you plan to purchase threads from us, we have a great deal for you as well.
  2. Use the fabric you purchased to your project, and share the photo with us. Any kinds of the project are fine such as Denim Mending, Frame the Fabric as the art, and making a small bag or cloth. 
  3. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Youtube (if you haven’t done yet)

 

Thank you very very much!!

Sashiko and Animism 1

Sashiko and Animism | Power of thoughts

Well. Don’t freak out by the title of “Sashiko and Animism”. It is still the website to introduce Sashiko.

I do not want to talk about specific religions here. However, the more I try to explain what Sashiko really is in English, the more I feel in need to learn about the Japanese culture on its beliefs. The Japanese believed that Yaoyorozu no Kami (八百万の神 – Eight million deities) reside in Shinrabansho (森羅万象 – all things in nature, the whole of creation). It is a part of Shinto, and I also feel very comfortable with this belief since I was raised in this concept. This Shinto concept is pretty similar to Animism (Not the same, though), so I am writing this article about Sashiko and Animism.

Sashiko isn’t merely a stitching after all

I believe that “Sashiko” is not only a product with hand-stitchings, but it is also the process of appreciating the fabric by mending, repairing, strengthening, and decorating. It is as simple as just lines of hand stitches. However, the people put thoughts into the stitching. In fact, it is almost impossible to NOT to put thoughts into it over several hours, sometimes several days and months of Sashiko stitching.

Have you compared the 2 individual Sashiko works done by hand and machine? They are different by look, but even more, they are completely different by something we cannot explain well. As you can imagine, a Sashiko sewing machine can make more even stitches than hand stitching. If the beauty of Sashiko is defined by the size of stitching, a machine would make the better Sashiko work. However, almost everyone thinks that the Sashiko work made by hand have better look before the explanation.

They are different by look, but even more, they are completely different by something we don’t explain well. As you can imagine, a Sashiko sewing machine can make more even stitches than hand stitching. If the beauty of Sashiko is defined by the size of stitching, a machine would make the better Sashiko work. However, almost everyone thinks that the Sashiko work made by hand have better look before the explanation. The beauty in imperfection? Yes, possible. However, I cannot stop thinking there is more of logics we can think of.

 

Therefore, I would like to link Sashiko to the concept of Animism a little bit. It was a bit challenging to relate Sashiko and Animism. However, the more I research about the link, I feel like I was supposed to write this article before investing my time to promote what Sashiko is. The concept of Sashiko and Animism can be the core of my activities.

Again I am not talking about the specific religion. I am talking about the power of our thoughts. 

 

Sashiko and Animism

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the Animism’s definition is:

the belief that all natural things, such as plants, animals, rocks, and thunder, have spirits and can influence human events 

(http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/animism) / No formal connection to Sashiko and Animism

 

This definition is very similar to Shinto the Japanese believed in a long time ago.

Sashiko’s origin comes from poverty and poor infrastructure. The Japanese couldn’t get enough materials to make the new clothes, and therefore they used the same fabric over and over. In the process of repairing, however, I do not think the Japanese were miserable about repairing their fabrics. Everyone around them did the same thing. The poor infrastructure means everyone in the area, except those who are exceptionally rich, had to go through the same lifestyle. They shared the same culture and life customs.

 

Instead of feeling miserable, Sashiko stitchers thought of the family or friends who would wear the fabric and clothes like husband and children. A husband working hard outside to provide the family, children keep helping the house chores. I believe the people thought of their family’s happiness when they stitched. These thoughts and love create the better Sashiko pieces. Boro is the ultimate sample of these thoughts. There is a spirit in a Sashiko work after repeatedly stitched, mended, repaired and patchworked.

*Although we value Boro as the art piece in the 21st century, there is a history that the Japanese felt shame on having Boros in their house because Boro & Patchworked indicated the poorness of the family. Regardless, I believed that the people thoughts of their family when they made Sashiko stitching.

 

No matter how poor the human is, the human never gives up on fashion. I believe the clothes and fashion is one of the biggest factors to differentiate human from animals.

Power of Thoughts we have

When I receive a piece of Sashiko work from my mother, Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya, I always feel nostalgia. It could be because I was born in the Sashiko fabric & Sashiko family. At the same time, I feel, it is because she is making Sashiko works to surprise me. She always asks my opinion when she starts the new Sashiko project. I feel like every time she try to complete the project, her goal is to impress me.

Thinking of someone is a strong process in the concept of Animism. If a piece of fabric has a soul in it, the warm thoughts to wish someone’s well-being can make the soul more embraced. In different religion, the thoughts would be renamed to “pray”, “grace”, “worship” and so on. (You may know about this better.)

Sashiko and Animism

Some of my workshop participants left a great comment (kind of as a testimony) after trying our Boro-Jacket on. They said that they feel someone is protecting them by wearing it. I believe it is not exaggerating description of Power of Thoughts.

 

I don’t want you to be scared of me saying Sashiko and Animism. It isn’t about religion at all. It is about the care we can put into the fabric. An appreciation to something we have already.

 

Isn’t it what we need in this world now?

On top of Sashiko and Animism, here is the reason I came to write this article. A bit of my history until today.

 

I wasn’t ready until I experience difficulty in my life

 

When I was a child with Sashiko around me, I simply didn’t like the idea someone can decide my life; that I had to take over the family business. I didn’t like Sashiko.

When my father asked me to join the family business for restructuring the business to somewhat viable for employees and stuff, I focused on numbers. Sashiko was a form of merchandise and the values of Sashiko were purely calculated by the profit margin.

After March 2011, the big earthquake in Northeast Japan, I learned that Sashiko can help people throughout supporting the Sashiko project in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. The practice of Sashiko can encourage, motivate, and even energize the people’s life. Ever since I discovered that Sashiko becomes more than a business or family tradition. I strongly believed that passing the culture of Sashiko down to the next generation is my lifetime mission. Until my father, unfortunately, passed away in 2013.

Once other stakeholders of company kicked us out from the company, I understood moving on to my new life without Sashiko would be my fate. I moved to the US, where my wife worked and became a stay at home father (homemaker). Honestly, I am very happy to be a father of beautiful child Leona. As the result, I moved on from Sashiko. I thought I would never see Sashiko. Sashiko brings too many good and bad memories.

In summer 2014, my mother asked me if I would be willing to help her to start a Sashiko project. Unlike me trying to get a new life without Sashiko, my mother couldn’t live a life without Sashiko. She wanted to make Sashiko artworks, but her financial situation didn’t allow her to purchase vintage fabric or invest into Natural Dye Sashiko Thread. As long as we ran a project a business, she could have enough money to keep making what she wants. Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya started as the way to encourage Keiko to enjoy making Sashiko artworks financially and emotionally. She loves doing Sashiko for someone who she cares, and someone who she hopes to meet in future.

A little bit of care is what we need now, isn’t it?

And I believe that it is what we need in this work now. A little bit of care, each other.

 

Speed is very important to be successful in this society. Everything goes very fast. Fast food, fast fashion, everything seems to be, supposed to be Fast. When you wear a cloth, you would not know “who” made it. You would know the brand, but you would not see who designed it. In fast fashion, mass-produced and mass consumption world, the person who tailored your cloth wouldn’t know who would wear.

 

I just want to change it a bit.

You do not have to know who made what you wear. However, I want you to know that the person who made your jacket cared the person who would be wearing it. They put a lot of good thoughts into it. I am not talking about us being positive all the time. We do make Sashiko when we feel grumpy. Even grumpiness is a form of thoughts. The importance here is a soul existing in the fabric and it reacts to these thoughts. Any kinds of reaction would be good because it will make us feel a lot more “being-cared”.

 

I believe the antonym of Love is not Hate. When you hate someone, you put thoughts into him/her. You still care of him/her so you hate. I believe “Ignorance” is the opposite word of Love. When you don’t care for the person, you do not love him/her at all.

 

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We want to spread the culture to appreciate what you have and what you will have, with forming a little bit of care. And this is the reason I would like to spread Sashiko. Why don’t you spend a little time of 30 minutes to mend, repair, or decorate a fabric that your loving one may use in the future? The 30 minutes you would spend with caring the person is exactly Sashiko and the culture I would like to introduce to the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop

2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop | Tribeca Area in NYC

Yes! Here is the latest information about upcoming 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop.

We are happy to announce that we offer another Sashiko workshops in Lower Manhattan right before the holidays start.

This time, thanks to a good friend of mine, we will offer the Sashiko workshops in a private space in very convenient location, Tribeca Neighborhood. The detailed location and the exact address will be notified to the ticket holders. Please do not forget to register your seat!

 

Come to see Atsushi in 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop

 

As of now, we have Sashiko Stitching Workshop available on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Saturday on 11th of November | 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday on 12th of November | 2 pm to 5 pm

The workshop is “Basic Sashiko Stitching Workshop”. This is a basic and standard workshop Atsushi provide for people who had not tried Sashiko in our (Hida) method. Not only the basic workshop is the prerequisite to most of Atsushi’s workshop, but it is also an eye-opening workshop for stitchers who have been wondering how to use a Sashiko long needle and a round shaped thimble.

 

Atsushi will demonstrate how to do it, teach you the tricks and techniques, and will stand & sit next to you to motivate you to learn how to use them. Unless you decide to give up, Atsushi will not give up teaching our Sashiko method. Even if you do not practice Sashiko for now, we believe our method will be very beneficial for hand-stitching lovers since it will speed up the stitching speed and improve the accuracy of stitches.

 

If you are interested or have been wondering what is the “appropriate” way to use long needle and thimble, or wishing to make your Sashiko more speedy and beautiful to complete a pile of your ideas, this is a great opportunity to get close to Sashiko. I am so happy to share what I have established.

 

Beuatifu Photo of previous 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop
A photo from the previous workshop. I will bring this Boro Master Piece Jacket to the workshop.

 

 

Workshop will be full of Sashiko contents

 

 

The workshop is for 3 hours. 30 minute of a brief explanation of what Sashiko is and rest of time of practicing the Sashiko stitching with unlimited questions regarding Sashiko. Some Sashiko artworks by Atsushi & Keiko (Sashi.Co) and Boro pieces are going to be displayed for you to touch, enjoy and wear. Everything I display there will be available for purchase. In addition, Sashiko thread and other Sashiko tools will be available for sale with the special price for the workshop participants.

 

All you need to bring is yourself.

Sashiko materials such as Sashiko thread, fabric, needles and a thimble are included to the fee. In addition to these materials you can bring back with you after the workshops, we prepare some tools such as thread clippers for you to use in the workshops (Also available for purchase). Of course, you can bring your own sewing tools, but that is not necessary.

Also, there is no requirement for any experiences in Sashiko stitching. If you don’t know what Sashiko is, don’ worry! If you already in love with Sashiko, come show your love and learn something new.

 

A list of things you can expect to receive in the workshop.

 

  • – Sashiko needles
  • – Sashiko thimble
  • – Skein of white sashiko thread (approx. 145 meters)
  • – Sashiko Thread Bobbin Paper
  • – Indigo fabric with Asano-ha patterns printed on
  • – Interfacing and Cotton Poplin fabric for tailoring the project at home
  • – PDF data of extra Japanese Traditional Sashiko Patterns
  • – Access to Atsushi by e-mail with questions regarding the workshop and follow-up

This kit has large enough fabric and material to make a tote bag, placemats, or several coasters after completing the Sashiko stitching.

*Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 30 days before your event start date. The ticket is transferable to someone for the purchase date and time, but not transferable to the other date and time after the refunds policy ends.

*Additional sashiko tools, including hand-dyed sashiko threads, needles and skeins are available for purchase during & after the workshop.

 

Register your seat for 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop provided by Atsushi & Upcycle Stitches LLC and enjoy Sashiko in cold winter! We believe the workshop will be inspiring opportunities for many craft lover and Sashiko fans.

 

2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop
A sample Jacket of Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya (This may not be displayed in the 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop.)

 

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Sashiko Q&A | to introduce what Sashiko is

Here is a Sashiko Q&A to give you a general understanding of what Sashiko is. Please contact us if you cannot find the answer here. I will update the Q&A periodically to answer questions.

*Revising Ongoing. Send us your questions to enrich the Sashiko Q&A contents.

 

What is Sashiko? What is Boro? Any difference?

Sashiko is a form of stitching developed in Japan a few hundreds years ago.

In my definition, Sashiko is a process of repairing, mending, reinforcing, strengthing and decorating by hand stitching. Boro is a result of Sashiko or a piece of fabric work in the process of Sashiko. Boro (mean worn fabric in the Japanese language) doesn’t mean the technique or process. Sashiko doesn’t mean the product of Japanese symmetric patterns. Sashiko is a process, and Boro is the result. This is my definition in between them. You may use any kinds of fabrics, threads, or how many layers of fabrics to do Sashiko (typically 1 or 2 layers of fabrics). Boro can be anything unless it is the result of mending or repairing with patches: patching the worn part of the fabric.

 

I am still on the research to understand what Sashiko and Boro are. Please refer the links below to read more articles about Sashiko and Boros.

 

 

Where can I purchase your products listed online?

 

Almost every product I list online is for sale. If the price is listed, it is the last product the producer (either me or Keiko) decided the artwork is in the completed shape. If the price is not listed, the artwork is still under the small process to make them better. When the photos are listed, the product is almost ready to be in completed shape. Usually, the price is not listed because we feel “we could do something more.” Please contact us for the further details if you find something interests you. We will send you more information with the price.

Our artwork is “one-of-a-kind” product. Once it is gone, we will not be able to create the exact same one. We may ask you to let us have some time to take photos for the records.

Sashiko Instagram

Sashiko Instagram | Photos from Sashi.Co & Us

We started an Instagram Account about 2 years ago and haven’t been active so much until recently. Since our Sashiko Instagram Account starts getting some attention, we enjoy sharing our Sashiko arts and hear from followers their opinions. Your voice is always our encouragement to continue Sashiko. Let’s enjoy Sashiko more by sharing the photos of Sashiko Achievement.

 

Sashiko Instagram | Photos from Keiko & Atsushi

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The photos are displayed in an order of the numbers of “likes.”

Find your favorite photos by clicking “load more” and click the like button so we understand which photos are more attractive to the followers. Your action encourages us to make more Sashiko arts.

Sashiko and Boro are both our focus. In fact, we believe, the Sashiko is a process of appreciating the fabric, and the Boro is the result of its appreciation, repetition of Sashiko. Our goal is to introduce the concept and products of Sashiko. By sharing the beautiful arts/crafts of Sashiko and Boro, we hope to influence to the society, even a bit. In the fast-speed society, this slow-life may help some people to realize the importance of appreciation by reconsidering what we have. We appreciate fabric by repairing, mending, reinforcing and strengthening instead of replacing them and throwing them away. Mottainai – they are too good to waste. We, the Japanese, had a beautiful mindset with appreciation.

 

Join our slow, powerful, yet small movement to appreciate what we have. It is beautiful. It may be the next trend in the Fashion. Tired of wasting? Bored with looking alike all the time?

Let’s enjoy our life by appreciating it.

 

 

Customize Sashiko Workshop

Customize Sashiko Workshop in Japan

It was a surprise to me. I thought the language would be an obstacle to provide the enjoyable/informative workshops in Japan to someone who doesn’t understand Japanese. However, Keiko managed to provide the Boro Sashiko Patchworking workshops and the participants enjoyed very much. They mentioned that the workshop was the highlight of their stay in Japan. Our goal is to introduce Sashiko. So, if the participants would be satisfied and happy, there is enough reason to offer Sashiko workshops in Japan. Here is the offer from Upcycle Stitches to arrange Customize Sashiko Workshop in Japan, provided by Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya.

 

 

Customize Sashiko Workshop Keiko
Keiko explains what Japanese Rice Bag is. Thank you, Arielle, for sharing the great smile!

 

What you can expect to Customize Sashiko Workshop

You would like to learn what Sashiko is like from the active Sashiko artist while your visit in Japan?

This is the opportunity for you to visit the town called Takayama, visit the artist house, and learn Sashiko and/or related field. Since Keiko doesn’t speak English, it will be through “help from technology such as smartphone app” and prepared articles. The most of the workshop is operated by “doing it” so not much verbal communication would be necessary. Keiko can try to communicate, and you will be able to communicate through whatever communication skill and technology we can think of.

Atsushi from Upcycle Stitches will arrange the workshop based on your needs and availability of artists in Japan (mostly Keiko). If you are interested in Boro, we can focus on mending Boro and fabric. If you are solely interested in Sashiko, we can try to make the Sashiko stitching workshops. We just started the challenge to customize Sashiko workshops. Although we may not be able to answer to all of your requests, your request will make this challenge better and possible.

 

Customize Sashiko Workshop Sashiko Needle
We will follow the basic Sashiko rules, of course. Workshop focus on having fun by DOING it.

 

*Keiko doesn’t have a store, an office neither a studio in Takayama yet. You will visit her private house to have the workshop. We would ask you to provide us your basic personal information to keep our activity safe and stable.

 

 

What we can offer

Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya and Atsushi from Upcycle Stitches LLC can offer a few types of Sashiko workshops in Japan. Atsushi usually takes responsibility of Sashiko workshop in English. In Atsushi’s workshop, there will be the explanation of what Sashiko is, how to use the thimble and needle appropriately, the brief history, and continuous Q&A session throughout the workshop. In Japan, in the customize Sashiko workshop, the participants will focus on “doing” than “learning.” The information you would get may be less comparing to participating Atsushi’s workshop. However, you would have more time to work on the projects and learn through moving your hands with Keiko.

 

As of now, Keiko is happy and confident to offer:

  • Boro Bag making workshop
  • Basic Sashiko Stitching Workshop (with reading materials)

 

Customize Sashiko Workshop Boro Making
From a pile of Japanese Vintage Fabric, which Keiko collect, you will make the one of a kind Bag for you.

 

 

Please contact us for more details.

 

 

The fee for the Customize Sashiko Workshop

The fee consists of 2 components; the arrangement fee and the workshop fee.

 

The Workshop Fee:

5,800JPY ($55) ~ and up / per participants

This is the fee you would pay for Keiko, the workshop provider. Keiko only can take cash in Japan. Pre-payment with Credit Card can be arranged. Please read the cancellation policy for the payment.

 

The Arrangement Fee:

$90 ~ and up / per visit 

The workshop can be as long as a few days to complete the purpose. This is the fee toward Upcycle Stitches to arrange the workshop, translate the necessary materials, and accommodation (translation) over the visit if necessary.

 

Sample Case for Boro Bag Workshop:

The Arrangement Fee of $90,00 and the workshop fee of $78.00 per person. The length of the workshop depends on the participant’s skill, but it would be roughly about 6 hours. If you are visiting by yourself, the total will be $168.00 / $90 + $78. If you are a group of 3, the total will be $ 324/ $90 + ($78*3), which equals to $108 per person.

Threads, Fabric, and everything else for Sale

Sashiko Thread, including the thread Keiko hand-dyed with Natural materials such as Indigo and other vegetables, Fabric for Sashiko, and everything else you would need to maximize your Sashiko experience will be available for sale with the special price during the workshop. Also, some of Keiko’s work, such as Sashiko Jackets, Sashiko Bags, Boros, and more will be also available if you wish.

 

 

Please Contact us through the form below. Atsushi will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do not hear from me within 2 days, please send me an e-mail to “info●sashico.com” (Please change ● to @.)