Added Mar 3, 2011
Hand stitched book cover with Kogin embroidery.
Kogin is a traditional Japanese stitching technique that was born in Northern area of Japan hundreds years ago. Kogin is one of the Sashiko stitching technique.
The ladies of farmer families stitched with cotton thread in order to retain heat well and to strengthen linen fabric. Furthermore, based on their lifestyle, they have developed a lot of unique designs which are symmetric and combined with a couple of basic patterns. Traditional Kogin are done with white thread on indigo ground fabric.
I was inspired a lot by this website (only in japanese)
I like Kogin’s simple and geometric design. and I think black & white color makes traditional design a bit like modern.
and the stitched fabric is surprisingly comfy and fit in my hands while reading.
This hexagonal pattern is named “kikko” and it literally means tortoise shell as a symbol of long life and happiness in Japan and maybe some asian coutries as well :)
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