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September 1 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
This class has a choice of a beginner’s level bag
or an intermediate level bag.
Kogin embroidery originated in the north of Japan’s main island in the Aomori prefecture. Due to its rugged geography, bitter winters and impassable roads, this area was isolated for a long time from much of Japan’s mainstream culture. It began to open up after a rail line was built in the 1920s.
As the local inhabitants were very poor, they were forbidden from wearing clothing made of silk, wool or cotton. Their clothing had to be made from the fibres of plants they grew, the most common being hemp. To make this fabric warmer, the women developed the Kogin patterns – a form of needle weaving traditionally worked with a mercerised cotton on hemp fabric. Clothing was expected to last for four generations and thus had to be patched. Over time, the women developed complicated patterns to ensure this. Today we know this kind of stitching as Sashiko.
This project uses designs from the Nabu region of Japan, situated along the north-east coast of the main island. It differs from the most common form of Kogin, practised in the central region, in the count of threads used. The most common form uses an odd count, producing the distinctive diamond shape. Hishishashi uses an even count, resulting in a more elongated diamond. There are over 700 different patterns.
$60 (members); $80 (non-members)
$30.00 for beginner’s level bag, $35.00 for intermediate level bag – to be paid to the tutor on the day of the class.
Class registration and enquiries
Bookings are essential and the cut-off date is 25 August.