Sashiko is a painstaking, time-consuming hand-stitching craft. Soetsu Yanagi, the leader of the “mange" folk craft movement in Japan in 1930’s, developed a weaving machine to create sashiko fabrics called “Yanagi-style sashiko,” and encouraged women to learn the craft of sashiko in order to become financially independent. Also it helped Sashiko grow to the level of profession, and become very popular as textile art. Currently, Mr. Kenichi Ohazama at Miwa weaving is the only successor of this special technique.
Ichimatsu Pattern is a Japanese ancient checkered pattern which existed as one of the woven patterns. It became popular in Edo period because popular Kabuki actor, Ichimatsu Sanogawa was wearing the hakama (man’s divided skirt) of this pattern. KUON works together with Mr, Kenichi Ohazama at Miwa weaving, the only artisan in Japan who can express this special and unique pattern with Sashiko-ori.
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