June 29, 2021 at 03:15PM

“Use whatever you want” is a valid statement when they know the difference & how hard the origin worked to make it happen. A thimble and Sashiko needles (with specific length) is “optional” for Sashiko only when they know how to use them (otherwise, it is just an excuse for their lack of skill). Stitching from the back of the fabric? Making Knots to stop or NOT making knots to stop? It is a choice of “Sashiko practitioners”, not a rule or answer – therefore, if they teach, they need to be able to do both – Again, it cannot be an excuse for their lack of skill and understanding.

If Sashiko is a practice of filling the “each stitch printed on the fabric”, then the stitchers experience a part of Sashiko. There is nothing wrong with stitching on the “each stitch sized pre-printed fabric”. I can do that if I have to (I do not prefer the fabric to tell me what to do, though). However, after experiencing the moment of “letting the needle run”, then we can talk about Sashiko. Try not to control the needle as your partner too much. Ask him/her what they want. When you run, don’t you trust your legs? Or… do you measure how long each interval has to be in each step?

日常に置いて「繰り返しのリズム」って、普通に存在します。運針もその一つ。正解もへったくれもない。手と針と指ぬきにお任せして運針を楽しめば良いのです。玉ねぎのスライス。一つずつ物差しでmmを測り、印を付けて切りますか?ランニング。毎回のステップの長さ、いちいち測りますか?アスリートでも無い限り、そんなことはしないはず。

玉ねぎに印を付けるとか、インターバルを気にすることが間違っているという訳ではありません。それを「日本ではこうされている」と全体像として語られるのが嫌なんです。刺し子には正解はありません。地域毎に成り立ちも技術も捉え方も違う。ただ、日本文化を当たり前としない人が、「ある(特定の)刺し子が全てだ」と断言すること程、怠慢で危険なことはないと思うんですよね。

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


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