This piece has especially beautiful (well worn) sakiori pattern. Textile is very very thick. And in the back near the neck, sashiko stitches are done. Its white pattern is exceptionally beautiful. Please check the fantastic sakiori and sashiko details with more photos.
It has a tear in the right chest, but as a whole it is in very good condition.
For the connoisseurs."
Above are the details from the Ichiroya - Kimono Flea Market website where I saw this vest and, although I am no "connoisseur", I knew I had to have it.
It arrived in the post yesterday,
along with an apron I took a liking to and a gift of a lovely piece of kimono silk. Ichiroya are great to deal with and the descriptions and photographs of items on the website mean you know what you are buying.
The vest combines so much of what I love about vintage Japanese textiles. The woven "sakiori"
The vest is old, and fragile in places. I want to wear it once in a while and I want it to continue to have a life, not just become a treasure I store away in my sewing room. It has evolved over time and I think it can continue to do so.
Can I do some work on it without stripping it of its integrity?
There are two areas I would like to pay attention to, the tear in the right side of the front (shown in the first photograph) and the stitching down the sides.
I am thinking of patching the front using some vintage indigo fabric, hopefully patching from inside if it is possible. I would then use a simple sashiko stitch to hold it all together.
I would like to extend the stitching up each side of the vest, using the same stitch and in a cream cotton sashiko thread.
I feel that doing these things would prevent further damage to the vest.
However, should one repair such a beautiful item?
I really would appreciate your opinions and suggestions.
Japanese-speakers out there.... what exactly is on my apron? Ichiroya say it advertises fish sausages. Are these anything like fish fingers? I love the zipped pocket detail on the apron which I didn't notice initially!