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Hand Stitched Sashiko Farmer's Vest
100% cotton, Medium-heavy Weight, Indigo. Handspun and Hand Loomed
3 different textiles used in this sashiko vest: Kasuri, stripes (shima) and indigo.
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Early to Mid 1900's
Very Good Conditon
Washing and time has faded the indigo.
It has a very soft feel to it.
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Farmer’s Vests were a common sight around the turn of the Century (c.1900) and before in rural Japan. Farmers commonly hand-spun their cotton, then hand loomed the threads into fabric. They would also dye the fabrics into various patterns (kasuri) and solid colors (usually indigo). And from this effort they made clothing for their family’s use. About Sashiko The first cottons milled in Japan were very expensive. Some creative person discovered that garments became much warmer and lasted longer if several layers of fabric were stitched together. Thus sashiko was born.