Indigo Farmer’s Jacket with Sashiko and Shibori, additional photos

This is a superb example of both hand-stitched Sashiko plus hand-done Shibori tie-dyeing.This is an early 20th century farmer’s jacket, where two layers of hand-dyed cotton Indigo were meticulously stitched together, in order to provide strength and warmth. Sashiko was a labor-intensive stitching technique done all over Japan by villagers, who needed their textiles to last for many years and provide warmth while the wearer worked out in the fields. What makes this jacket unique is that before the Shibori stitching was done, it was first decorated with a laborious method of Shibori tie-dying, in a pattern of flowers and leaves. The Indigo dyeing itself is labor-intensive, and judging by the deep color this jacket was probably dyed over 20 times to achieve this shade of Indigo. Then the jacket was hand-stitched with meticulous, tiny, white-thread Sashiko stitching.

A superb example of Mingei folk art, displaying the tenacity and achievement of a simple, rural culture.