September 14, 2023 at 06:39PM

About 15 years ago, when I applied Sashiko to my favorite denim back then, the Sashiko Artisans surrounding me gave me strange looks. It was rare to have harsh criticism from them, yet it was another moment that I realized I was a “”maverick” in the tradition. Since then, I often come back to “Sashiko & Denim” when I need to remember who I am. Sashiko is my identity, and all the memories I have around Sashiko define my life.

Later, as Sashiko was introduced as “Mending”, I started seeing Denim with patches with running Stitches. Don’t get me wrong. Personally, I enjoy them growing as it is forming a fashion trend. Only one issue here is the “Intentional Ignorance” – many try to listen to my voice, so I don’t find it problematic or offensive.

Regardless of what the trend does, “Mending” is not the primary core of Sashiko. Sashiko includes mending, yet it was secondary. Therefore, when I do Sashiko & Denim, I put geometric patterns on the denim. Size, Style, Colors… They can be a subject for creativity, but the “geometric pattern” is critical to respect the primary core of Sashiko. I am happy that I see some friends & followers here apply Sashiko “before” it needs the mending application. For that, I am confident to say that Sashiko is Sustainable & environmentally friendly practice – not because of “recycling”, but because of “Putting Care & Imagination into the Fabric”.

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