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This episode's info: This story covers sashiko’s history and regional styles from the snow countries of the Northeast to the islands in the South. Some of the sashiko work-clothing overlaps with the story of boro. When cotton became available, people began to use stronger and warmer cotton thread on locally woven bast fiber cloth. Soon, stitchers fashioned used cotton cloth into jackets, pants, vests, aprons, leggings, ankle and heel covers, and socks. With a threaded needle as co-agent, stitchers infused thier textiles with reinforcement, repair, and sometimes stunning patterns. Anonymous hands, industrious with needle and thread, transformed cloth into utilitarian textiles, imbuing the material not only with resilience and strength but also with artistry and beauty.