Antique Sashiko Sodenashi Vest
This sodenashi ( 'no sleeves') farmers work vest is a wonderful authentic example of the original use of sashiko to quilt layers of fabric together for strength, warmth and durability. It also displayed the skill and perseverance of the woman who stitched it! The dense lines of sashiko create a sturdy leathery character. As the fabric has worn it creates a wonderful graphic, woven-like effect. It is from the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture in the very cold far north of Japan and was a farmer's work jacket.
It is quite sturdy but has worn edges and the stitching has come undone where the check cotton is joined to the vest across the chest. The whole of the garment is sashiko stitched and the check fabric has been stitched over top of that. The top checked layer would be replaced when it was worn out from carrying and pulling loads. This is definitely only suitable for display. It measures 48cm x 68cm. Late 19th - early 20th century.
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