#H-2013 sashiko hanafukin panel 'arare kikkou' traditional pattern - blue
These pre printed panels from Olympus are called 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. They are printed in grey on indigo blue coloured narrow width traditional sarashi cloth (an easy to stitch traditional Japanese cotton cloth). Each panel is supplied in one piece with a plain area the same size attached, because they are designed to be stitched through both layers and the edges turned in to make a little cloth, but you can stitch the printed layer separately (as I often do).
'Arare kikkou' means 'hailstone hexagon' or 'hailstone turtle/tortoiseshell'. Turtles or tortoises are a symbol of longevity in Japan, so this pattern is also a wish for long life. This is a tricky pattern to draw, but not difficult to stitch, which is one reason I stock it as a printed panel! Stitching guide included, in Japanese, but with easy to follow diagrams.
Sarashi cloth is quite lightweight compared with other sashiko fabrics, but is very easy to stitch, super absorbent and wears well. It is one of the fabrics traditionally used for kimono underwear!
Finished size approx 13in (33cm) square.
Marks wash out. NB - the marks have less contrast than my pre printed sashiko panels. The fabric is indigo colour, not natural indigo, so the colour won't run.
Designed and made by Olympus in Japan.