Sashiko Pin Cushion – Sasa

A hand-stitched pin cushion in a lacquered box, embroidered with a sasa, broad-leaf bamboo, pattern using the sashiko technique.

£36 per item


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This pin cushion is hand-stitched using sashiko, a needlework technique established in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867 CE), which involves embroidering patterns using small basic running stitches. Originally used for repairing and reinforcing clothing to increase its longevity and insulation, sashiko has become an art form in itself, used to decorate clothing with repeating patterns with motifs from nature. The pattern of this pin cushion is based on sasa, a type of short, broad-leaf bamboo native to Japan. Sasa motifs have long been used to decorate kimono as they are considered auspicious and represent resilience and strong will. The pin cushion comes in a handcrafted lacquered box made of paulownia wood scraps, left over from the company’s production of Iwayado Tansu, ornate chests of drawers with origins in the 12th century CE.

Avoid leaving in direct sunlight.
Avoid moisture.

Pin Cushion Size: L6 cm x W6 cm x H4.5 cm
Box Size: L7 cm x W7 cm x H6.5 cm

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Sashiko - reviving communities through Japanese embroidery

Sashiko is a form of Japanese embroidery that involves stitching and quilting fabric. Born out of the spirit of cherishing things, it is used to both decorate and reinforce clothing to increase its durability and longevity.

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