Japanese Sashiko Textiles

Date: 10 October 2009 – 3 January 2010
Venue: York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Tel: 01904 687687
Organiser: York Art Gallery

Japanese Sashiko Textiles is curated by textile artist Michele Walker whose research has been facilitated by a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship. This will be the first major museum exhibition of sashiko to be held anywhere in the UK.
Sashiko is a sewing technique similar to quilting and is used for stitching layers of cloth together. It evolved from a need to re-use and repair textiles and was associated with the tradition of making work clothes throughout Japan until the mid-twentieth century. Featuring stunning historical Japanese sashiko work-wear and textiles from contemporary makers, this national touring exhibition investigates two major aspects: the lives of women who made and wore sashiko; and the physical protection afforded by these sashiko garments which was reinforced by the spiritual protection thought to be associated with the stitched patterns.

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