March 28, 2024 at 04:39PM

Everyday, we put something in a trash bin. It is important to tidy up around us, and we “categorize” items to be valuable or trash. Some items may be really trash… but interestingly, it is up to our own value on what is trash, or even treasure. The value changes when it travels across the generation, culture, language and personality. Sashiko, for us, is a continuous moment to remind us to see what really trash is.

Unused fabric with dirt can be trash. Or, for those who know how to treat it, it can be a treasure. Keiko’s Sashiko principle is to give them (the fabric) another opportunity to stand on the stage to perform. Here, performing for the fabric is “being used”, or more specifically, “being put on someone”. When trash is handled in different situations, it can be valuable. When someone has difficulty finding a place to shine, I would recommend them to go to another place where they can shine instead of accusing themselves of not being shinny enough.

The process of trashy fabric moving to different places may be called Sashiko. As the “fabric as trash” is the one I want to be back on the stage, when I have choices, I ask the very best to help me to do so – the best needle, threads, and thimble to do so. It is a way of showing my respect to the fabric for giving me their second chance.

It is so silly to find the “answer” for such a process. Doing one’s very best is way better than being “right”. Please do not follow someone’s answers about Sashiko taught in Books or Classes. They don’t know enough – and I will do my best to fill the gap of “missing”.


#Sashiko #刺し子 #Boro #ぼろ


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