|2 seasons of stitched leaves|
I first used traditional sashiko stitching to apply gingko leaves to small kimonos as a play on the Japanese practice of boro mending about a year ago. (See Happi Coat with Boro Mending and Gingko Leaves.) Now the gingko leaves are in bloom again and in the spirit of boro mending, I decided to freshen the kimonos with new leaves.
|Happi coat with new and old leaves|
Note how well the old leaves have held up with the sashiko stitching holding them in place.
|Kimono with old and new leaves|
Adding new leaves is delicate business, but I find the way the fresh green juxtaposed with the brittle old brown mimics the shades of color in traditional boro very satisfying. I may try to squeeze in another round next season.