December 24, 2022 at 09:33PM

[Dirty Hands, Clean Heat]… I received a comment like this in the previous post (on FB). This comment “could” upset me before 2012… but now, I smile when I see it. Yes, it is dirty, and I am proud of it. No hands are “clean” in my memories. All of the Sashiko Artisans I had spent time with were like “Rocks”, and I hated to be part of it. As a youth, I longed for sophistication and Sashiko was completely opposite of “clean” (regardless how much people now romanticize Sashiko – it is the memory I carry).

Sashiko isn’t wet work, so technically speaking we can keep our hands clean. When we take care of our hands after stitching with good moisture cream & proper protection (when sleeping), it is possible to have clean hands. However, the artisans who worked with had priority in their budget – making ends meet. Sashiko was NOT a stitchery for those who could care for how beautiful hands are – and their Sashiko are indeed beautiful.

When one does Unshin in a recommended form, no pain should occur. Instead, the fabric will absorb moisture from hands, and that’s the main cause of “dirty” hands. Good hand cream is one solution, but it can negatively affect the stitching experience – so it is our choice after all. Unfortunately, not all “Sashiko Suppliers/Teachers” are stitchers. Their stitches & hands tell more than what they say/write. You do not want to learn how to run from those with baby-feets (like me…). It is strange to say it from me who writes/tells stories this much, but please read/listen “beyond” the stories. When we are mindful of what we do, we have the ability to tell the difference. “Speed” can make us ”slip” something very important off from our ordinary.





「汚い手(汚れた手)、綺麗な心」。英語で頂いたコメントです。直訳するととんでもないですが、朝起きて苦笑いしてしまいました。きっと最大の褒め言葉だろうから。昔から、沢山の働く手によって育てられてきました。恵子さんの手は、本人も言っているから書きますが、岩のようです。私の手も、主夫になり親になり刺し子に覚悟し、少しは働く手になってきたのかなと不思議と嬉しく思うのです。「アスリートとして育てられ、競技以外はする必要無し」と育てられた妻の手は、とても綺麗で儚く感じます(腰から下はボロボロみたいですが)。手は人の形を表すとは良く言ったもので、娘にはその母親の綺麗な手と父親の働く手の両方を、物語と共に記憶に残してくれればと思うのです。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子


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