koginsashi (kogin embroidery), traditional embroidery technique passed down generations in Tsugaru region of Aomori pref.
White cotton threads stitched in the linen was the original match and then dyed in indigo blue, for the purpose of strengthen the weave and clothes of farmers and prevent linen from wearing out as linen was such a precious material back then. Thread acted like the coating of the material. This was mainly stitched around the body that makes kimono warmer. It was perfect for harsh and snow-covered long winter in Aomori.
Women stitched without any pattern sheet, just by hands. Highly skilled ladies are considered as good wife^^
As they were dyed with indigo, old kimono are kept in a good condition (as indigo has insect repellent effect.)
After Japan restarted trades with other countries almost 200 years ago, cotton and wool spread throughout Japan so linen kimono became less popular and stitching on kimono is not common now.
Learning about the history and its technique is included in elementary school curriculum in this region.
You can now find various goods using this embroidery.
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