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Japanese Functional Embroidery with Marico Chigyo

For centuries, Japanese textiles were woven from plant fibers, including hemp. Still, such fiber is time-consuming to produce, difficult to weave, and provides little warmth. To increase warmth and to recycle fabrics they possessed, northern farmers’ wives and daughters developed sashiko, a technique in which textile fragments are patched together with a running stitch of heavy double cotton thread. Sashiko was produced almost exclusively in homes for the family’s personal use. As cotton cloth and thread became more available in the twentieth century, the style of stitching became more decorative, and has continued to evolve to the present day.

Join us for a workshop with Marico Chigyo, an artist and sashiko expert born in Osaka, Japan. Attendees will learn more about the history, philosophy, and evolution of this traditional craft, and try their hand at embroidering their own fabrics.

Marico Chigyo has exhibited in arts and crafts shows across the country, including Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.C., Philadelphia Craft Show in Pennsylvania, and American Craft Show in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. “As I construct and stitch my work today, my tradition unifies my minds and spirits in creating clothes and other decorative and function access for daily life. I hope to create art that other people find beautiful,” says Marico.



Jul 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, USA

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