|Sashiko embroidery - Sashiko stitch
Sashiko embroidery is a traditional Japanese stitching technique that originated as a functional method of repairing and reinforcing textiles. It involves using simple running stitches to create intricate patterns on fabric, often using white thread on an indigo-dyed cloth. Sashiko patterns are usually geometric and repetitive, and they are not only decorative but also strengthen the fabric. Over time, Sashiko has evolved into an art form and is used to create decorative items, clothing, and accessories.