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This stylish Sashiko-Stitched Vest is an artistic fusion of two cultures—Japanese and Guatemalan. While the beautiful Sashiko stitchery and the intricate Sagaiha (wave) design originated in 18th-century Japan, the garment-dyed vest is made in present-day Guatemala. A textile work of art, the interlocking wave pattern is hand-drawn on each garment before the embroidery can begin; each vest takes hours to complete. 100% cotton. Imported. Relaxed fit to wear over blouses or sweaters.
Our vibrant Sashiko-Stitched Vest showcases a form of Japanese folk embroidery, sashiko, which uses a basic running stitch to create a repeating pattern of geometric designs. The meaning of sashiko, little stabs, references the small stitches in this needlework style, originally used to repair worn clothing or to create double-layer coats. In the 18th century, the sashiko technique became an esteemed textile art form whose traditional motifs were inspired by nature. Similarly worked fabrics are held in our National Museum of American History’s exceptional textile collections.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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