April 22, 2021 at 02:27PM

Regardless of my fear(pain) in Cultural Appropriation in Sashiko, I am happy to see many people get to know what Sashiko is. Although some information may be filtered/twisted, those who respect the origin will eventually reach the stories. After all, what I would like to do is to pass down the culture. Your understanding & interest is very important, and I appreciate it. 

One of the distortions we experience in the trend is “the value change”. It is simple economics – demand and supply. The price tag we see on the Japanese Kofu (vintage fabric) is unbelievable. Once they were “trash”, now they are valuable. Isn’t it kind of funny?

Many ask me what is the “Good Kofu”. It is a difficult question because “it depends” on what they are looking for. For Sashiko, there are 3 check-points to define if it is Good Kofu (for Sashiko). (1) Is it washable? (2) Is the damage/worn naturally done? (3) Is the fabric “usable”? As I shared the concept of Yo Soku Bi yesterday, the beauty comes from “using” it. In order to make a good “Boro to be”, the journey starts from finding Good Kofu pieces. (I sometimes list Kofu in our store. For my business, please follow @upcyclestitches).

流行というのは面白いもので、ゴミが宝になったりします。言葉遊びでもあるのですが、「お金という価値」という判断基準で物事を見ると、経済学の大原則の「需要と供給」が刺し子にも当てはまって、雑巾にも出来ないようなボロボロの古布に、とんでもない値段がついたりするのです。もともと古布には価値があって、それを知っている人はいたのですが、流行になると「古布そのものの価値」ではなく、「古布を持っていれば得られるだろう未来の価値(値上がりの可能性)」にもお金が流入し市場が膨らみます。バブルとか投機とかは、株や仮想通貨だけじゃなく、こういう「モノ」でも起こります。良い悪いの話じゃなく、なんか不思議だなぁというお話。もちろん古布は良いものに生まれ変わるから価値はあるんですが、古布そのものは、本当にボロ布ですぜ(笑)

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #SashikoStitching #Yoshokubi #Kofu #VintageFabric #JapaneseVintage #刺し子 #古布


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