January 24, 2024 at 07:33AM

I occasionally say: Teaching (in Sashiko) has become an Entertainment. There is nothing wrong with “Entertainment” itself. As you may know, I try to make my Sashiko teaching as Entertaining as possible. However, when it comes to “Teaching someone’s culture as its master”, describing their teaching as “One Stop for All”, or using fancy words to attract an audience focusing (only) on Entertainment can be very harmful to the Culture.

Entertainment requires “Enjoyment”. Enjoyment in this context is “Momentary” like a Dot. It can exist in the past or future, but it is a piece of Dot. Culture is a Flow connecting all kinds of Dot including Entertainments & many other both positive & negatives events. Therefore, I shout for the importance of acknowledging the upstream. Therefore, I keep sharing the Stories to connect dots to make it “Flow” again.

I wonder how many Sashiko Teachers/Masters think about “Dots and Flow”. If they don’t know, I want them to learn. If they realize the Dots & Flow, and then ignore them (to maximize their profit), then it is a huge issue. Entertainment is an extremely important factor to preserve the culture. Trust me. I care about the “fun/laugh” in my classes more than anyone. However, when they neglect to identify their teaching as “Entertainment”, the culture will be lost… and there won’t be anyone who can make this kind of Jacket. My friends say it is “Wearable Art”. Thanks to them, we can keep going. I do not want Sashiko to be over when we are done.





様々な刺し子がありますが、技法そのものでいうと片手で数えられるくらいです(たぶん)。数種類の技法を合わせて刺し子をする中で、その人なりの「刺し子」が出来上がってきます。ただ、「その人なりの刺し子」に辿り着くには一定量の刺し子は必要で(早い人だと数ヶ月くらい)、その人なりの刺し子が見つかり、見つかった後も一緒に刺し子をしていけるきっかけとなって欲しいと思っているのが「刺し子運針会」です。昔は「恵子さんがいなくなったらこのジャケットは作れないなぁ」と諦めていました。今は「運針会にご参加下さったからからきっとこのジャケット作りを受け継げる人が出てくる」と信じています。もちろん、それ以外のご自身の刺し子をされている方の応援を一番大切にしつつ、恵子さんと私が培ってきた刺し子を残せる方法も考えなきゃなと思うのです。私たちが作る刺し子作品に「いいなぁ」と思って頂ける方から、その刺し子作品を一緒に作る人に巻き込めるように…。

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