February 23, 2022 at 09:23AM

I often find a big misunderstanding about my message: “he is so stubborn (resisting) to the change in Sashiko”. This isn’t true. Although I am quite stubborn in teaching, I am the opposite of “resisting” change in Sashiko. Change happens, and it is important to form culture. I welcome changes. I just want the change to be “fair” and careful.

About 20 years ago, no one (as long as I knew) had Sashiko on the Denim. Sashiko Artisans around me made fun of my choice, and they silently, but firmly, denied them as Sashiko, as they despaired Boro back then. 20 years later today, Sashiko & Denim became one popular combination. Do I dislike it as a cultural invader? No, not at all. The pain I feel is often from those who think they know about Sashiko, not from those who enjoy the possibility.

When I encountered @sashikodenim on Instagram, his photos taught me a change in trend. So did books by @miniaturerhino and @katrinarodabaugh. Some think I am fighting back against them. NOT AT ALL. I respect their interpretation, approach and willingness to learn Sashiko in many ways, including by following this account. One core value of this account is “honesty”. Therefore, you (they) may find reading the caption here quite annoying & uncomfortable. However, you accept it and keep reading/learning. As I always say, misunderstanding & not-knowing are fine. All I am fighting against is the “intentional ignorance and indifference” by those who try to choose (filter) the voice of our cultural practice. In my opinion of Sashiko & Cultural Appropriation, C/A doesn’t exist in “What they make” so much. It exists in “How they Define/Approach to” Sashiko. Acknowledge it, and avoid ignoring it. I hope it makes sense (& Thank you for following our Sashiko Story).





好き勝手書いてるとですね、「敵が増えるよ」と助言頂いたり、実際なんとなく感じてはいるのですが、基本的な立ち位置としては「(刺し子好きなら)みんなと友達になりたい」と思っています。基本人見知りなので(マジで)、ご縁を頂くまでは遠慮がちですが嫌っている訳ではありません。例外なのは「都合が悪いことは無視する人」です。事実を捻じ曲げてまで自分の正当性を貫こうとする人とは、刺し子に限らず友達になれません。意見が違うのは良い。寧ろ違っていい。でも、無視はいけない。刺し子には答えなんてねーよって言ってるのは、僕の答えが誰かの声を無視することに繋がるのを恐れているからです。日本語での刺し子には、あまり心配してないですけどね(また「淳は甘い」ってお叱り受けそうだけどw)。

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


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