Japanese Sashiko Textiles

October 27, 2009

A very beautiful exhibition at York Art Gallery. A way of decoratively stitching clothes, to preserve the cloth and mend clothing. A form of fine workmanship and craft carried out by Japanese women out of pure necessity. Some of the clothes had been in use for 30 years, and were layered and repaired. Very  Wabi Sabi, very beauitful. I am not usually into fibre work, but this show really moved me. I guess mostly because the women who made the garments were still evident, through the work and also in the supporting exhibition information and films.


Also popped into see the York Quilt Museum on the same day, kind of by accident, but very pleased to have found it too ! A day of womens work in the best possible sense, from a time when cloth was precious, used and cared for until it was worn out.