October 29, 2021 at 08:36AM

On the post @upcyclestitches, we have received a heartwarming comment, “Your work belongs in the @metmuseum”. I always appreciate the admiration as much as I do not consider us the “artist” yet (I know I am quite stubborn). We are trying our best to preserve it. The word Sashiko/Boro became popular all over the world, and there are many artists/craftsmen/teachers who enjoy the word/concept of Sashiko. I am happy about it. At the same time, we are counting how many Jackets we can make within the time frame we have left. There aren’t many Sashiko artisans who can make this kind of Sashiko Jackets & share the half centuries of stories. After that? I don’t know how Sashiko becomes. Therefore, I keep sharing the stories.

I am not stitching as much as I want because I feel fear of “losing Sashiko” in English. I don’t focus on writing a book proposal because it is too “slow” to resist this strong whirlpool of “Sashiko/Boro trend”. I have a favor. If you think our Sashiko is the Art, please help us to be the Artists. We don’t have a studio. Keiko used to work part-time before 2018 to pay the bill (Now, she focuses on thanks to Patreon Support). Please make us artists by sharing our stories. I don’t beg anyone to follow us because “being an influencer” isn’t the goal. However, your support to tell someone who you care about us can help us. (Therefore, I felt so warm when I received a comment about sharing what I write within their family.)

Thanks to those who had to stitch for their survival, we live in a society with many “choices”. Our choice will make the future. Your choice will make the Sashiko’s future. We will do our best to keep making what we can: and your support in any form is very much appreciated. Some accuse me of being “negative”. No, I don’t think so. I am more positive than anyone since I believe in us. I am just trying to be honest rather than “comfortable” to them. Thank you for your continuous support.


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