The participants of this workshop will discover both the cultural meaning of sashiko and sustainability but also gain new insight into mending our brokenness or traumatic experiences by recreating the naked body garment together from recycled clothes. The participants need to bring their skin tone clothes to create their own naked garment or create using a piece of Japanese vintage cloth we provide to use as a patch to repair not only the garment but also the body and mind. This workshop allows participants to reclaim their slow moments, meditating and discerning vulnerability while they mend their garments to lead the holistic well-being of the planet.
What is Sashiko?
Sashiko (刺し子) is a traditional Japanese embroidery and stitching dating back to the Edo period (1615 – 1868). It was first developed among working-class people, farmers, and fishermen to mend their daily clothes and clothing. Through Sashiko, they could make garments stronger, more durable, and last longer. They kept mending in this way and passed techniques down from generation to generation. As such, Sashiko is one of the oldest traditional Japanese upcycling techniques. Artist Mai Ide finds a confluence between mending fabric and repairing emotional intimacy, loneliness, and fragility. Her workshop is a space for participants to eliminate lingering trauma and reframe our society for deeper emotional communal bonds and authentic humanity which we have forgotten.
The participants can, and are encouraged, bring their own clothes to be repaired to enhance the personal themes of the workshop.