September 28, 2023 at 09:17AM

I say there is no such a thing as “Right or Wrong” in Sashiko. There are no rules for the size of stitches. It is ridiculous to judge someone’s stitches that they have to be the size of rice grains (The size of Rice Grain can be a benchmark to aim to, but not a rule one must follow). I teach Sashiko based on the same philosophy, and I enjoy seeing many people finding their own rules after learning the “Form” and “Rhythm”. However, it doesn’t mean that we have no pride. I have sincere respects to those who had spent their entire lives in Sashiko – and their stitches “happened to be” small & even. Stitching evenly with small stitches isn’t the rule, but I want it to be a goal/aim for Sashiko practitioners. For those who teach, it is one important qualification to have.

Again, there are no rules to follow, and no right or wrong. It is all about preference, and interestingly, those “preferences” developed the culture. For that, the Sashiko in English is changing its forms very differently from the one I try to pass down. One day, unfortunately, we may have to distinguish 2 different style of stitching saying “Japanese Sashiko” and “Western Sashiko” – that’s how wide the trend is dividing the culture itself.

Anyone can/should embrace their own stitches. However, it is very important to acknowledge that embracing the imperfection is not the Core of Sashiko. In this context, “Pride” represents Sashiko much better than “Imperfection”. When you learn Sashiko, please be mindful whom you are learning Sashiko from – the Sashiko introduced in English is greatly simplified and romanticized.



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