November 13, 2021 at 07:47AM

“Sashiko” is not a word for mending technique. Mending is an important part of Sashiko, but it is not the primary purpose. They (the Japanese) practiced Sashiko to avoid mending. Stitching fabric to make it “stronger” so it wouldn’t need to be mended so easily would be more sustainable than just mending? In order to make fabric “stronger” by stitching, there are “key points” to do it efficiently. Therefore, a pattern exists. Therefore, the Sashiko thread matters. Unlike the superficial Sashiko trend promoted by non-Japanese, all of my statements come with “Why”. When I say “We need a thimble”, there are a number of stories why we need a thimble. It’s not “Just because” or “simply”. (Some teach Sashiko saying “Just because” or “simply” because they “simply” don’t know it).

Mending is an important practice. Stitching doesn’t only mend the fabric but also heals our souls. It is a beautiful idea & practice to add extra care so that we can carry something important for a longer time. “Instead of replace, do repair” is one solution for our issues, and THEREFORE I want you to know the whole picture of Sashiko instead of “commercialized in/for Western market” terminology.

We live in a world where “mending” is necessary. However, mending one issue with destroying other cultures is sad, as if fixing my own favorite cloth with ripping someone’s important cloth. If you read this in English, you are powerful because you understand the language ¼ of the world population use. The bigger impact when we consider the GDP. Your choice can save the Sashiko we have received, and our Sashiko can be more beneficial for the bigger terms of Sustainability.





英語でオンラインで教えていて面白いなぁと思うのが、「宿題をやらずに堂々と出席する」人が少なからずいることです。「ビデオを見て頂いて、数時間練習してから参加して」とお願いするのですが、全く事前準備なしに参加される人がいて。宿題やらなかったら(僕だったら)直前でもキャンセルするのですが、堂々と「やってませんぜ(だから今教えて)」と来るのは、文化の違いなのだろうなと思います。少なくとも僕が知る日本じゃない。宿題やってないから来るなとは僕は言いません。教え方に関しては完全に郷に入れば郷に従えです。配信で話した用に、「教える事」はサービス業になってしまい、厳しい師弟関係などは求められていないのでね。承知の上、少しでも楽しい刺し子が広がれば良いなと思うのです。

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


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