Sashiko is a striking hand-embroidery technique that originated in ancient Japan, characterized by impactful shaping traditionally done on indigo dyed fabrics using variations of a basic running stitch. In Japanese, its name means “little stabs”—a reference to the plain running stitch that makes up sashiko's geometric, all-over patterns, and is the basis of "boro" textiles. This ancient technique merges art and function and is seeing a resurgence in our current climate of mindful consumption, because of its applications in slow fashion and mindful mending.
Learn the materials, the basics and how to execute the patterns so you can create on your own and prep for our summer natural indigo dye workshops. These two classes together are the gateways for boro, an essential skill for any up-cycle or textile enthusiast!