Sashiko embroidery is a type of simple embroidery which has simple running stitch and was used to repesir clothes in Tokugawa period, Japan but Japanese embroidery is used to beautify clothes. Both types of embroidery have thier own beauty but which one should be given more importance?
Sashiko embroidery comprises of simple patterns which are embroidered by simple running stitch that's why it means 'little stabs' in Japanese.
Japanese Embroidery is always inspired by nature and tradition. It is "nihon shishu" in Japanese.It also has different types of stitches.
Is it necessary to put different values on 2 types of embroidery that are so different. For what purpose? They are both beautiful in their own right. Helen
All embroidery is beautiful and has it's special place. I honestly have never tried Japanese embroidery, but have tried (and loved) Sashiko. I will no doubt be trying Japanese embroidery soon as well
I don't think that any embroidery should be rated by importance. Both have their place, and I was introduced to Sashiko last year. I'll try to incorporate this style with other embroidery, as I see great possibilities here.
I admire Japanese embroidery, it is so fine, so beautiful, and I probably will have a go it it later.
I value both greatly - they are very different and both are beautiful, I don't think there should be any "importance " given to one before the other. I love working with both. Japanese Embroidery for the beauty of the silk and metal, Sashiko to relax with, and to embellish useful items and clothing. A joy in both cases.
Yes the importance of one style over another is not relevant to me , but now that you have explained the different historical significance of them it makes sense to see one style regarded as more refined.
I'm a student and tutor of nihon shishu and agree with what most people have said. Both types have their own beauty and appeal to different people for different reasons. I don't think we should rate by 'importance', they are both important to those of us who embroider in the different styles.
There is a group for Nihon Shishu here on stitchin fingers but I don't think there is one for Sashiko, why not start one. I'm sure all those students of sashiko will join up.
But then again, Sashiko was often stitched in conjunction with Kogin embroidery, which comes from the same region of Japan and is also beautiful and addictive to stitch. To put a value onto different types of embroidery says nothing about the embroidery itself, only the values we place on it.
I think here in Japan these two styles of embroidery are seen as equally valuable. In most households you will find examples of both; Japanese embroidery on a tomesode (kimono worn by female relatives at a wedding) and sashiko on a tea towel or shopping tote.