SASHIKO –

 Visible mending to personalize your denims and turn them into wearable art

The fashion for distressed denim has had some unforeseen consequences: Buying pre-distressed garments means that our clothing give up the ghost that much faster. We all know it can be traumatic when a favourite garment with exactly the right fit is suddenly rendered unwearable by a hole in a very strategic spot.

*Sashiko (literally “little stabs” or “little pierce”): a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) originating from Japan. -Wikipedia

We all know it can be traumatic when a favourite garment with exactly the right fit is suddenly rendered unwearable by a hole in a very strategic spot.

But don’t despair, sashiko can come to the rescue.

The technique has traditionally been used by peasants to reinforce points of wear such as elbows or knees, repair rips and tears, and also add warmth when applying an extra layer to a garment.

New fabrics were also created from old bits and pieces by stitching them together. The resulting textile is known as boro.

Mending with sashiko stitching

Mending with sashiko stitching

Sashiko stitching as reinforcement

Sashiko stitching as reinforcement

Boro fabric     

A modern boro bag

Fashion houses have also caught on.

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Jeans by Ralph Lauren