#204 sashiko hanafukin panel 'sayagata' traditional pattern - blu
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).
'Sayagata' means 'saya pattern'. Saya is a kind of damask weave silk, originally imported to Japan via the Silk Road and Chinese trade. The pattern is similar to Celtic fretwork patterns and is considered to be very high class, often used for fabrics worn as part of the junihitoe (twelve unlined robes) women's Imperial court dress. It became popular in the late sixteenth century and includes many linked manji, the ancient Buddhist symbol. This is a tricky pattern to draw, which is one reason I stock it as a pri