Friday, September 17, 2010

Sashiko Tote

Do you remember this Sashiko Messenger Bag? When I did Sashiko embroidery for that messenger bag I also did another Sashiko which has two Japanese cursive alphabets (Hiragana) in the design. I was going to make a tote bag with it. But it has never been crystallized by today. It waited for about half an year, then finally I made a tote bag featuring Hiragana "あ" and "ん".

"あ" is the first letter of the Japanese syllabary just like "A" in English. And "ん" is the last one like "Z". I love the shapes of Hiragana so I always wanted to use them in my design. There are so many ideas for using Hiragana in my mind. I started it with Japanese traditional embroidery Sashiko. When I make something featuring traditional techniques I try to make it look modern and stylish. I think I succeeded in it this time. Did I?