こぎん刺し Kogin-zashi


Kogin-zashi is an embroidery tradition, handed down in the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture, in which needle and thread are used to completely cover the cloth. The technique originated as a way to reinforce or repair cloth that had become worn through use, and during the Edo period (1603 – 1868) was used to provide ramie and hemp cloth with additional protection against the cold. Over time, complicated geometric patterns developed as women’s creativity and ingenuity imbued the technique with a distinctive charm. Kogin-zashi continues to innovate today, including through the incorporation of contemporary designs.

こぎん刺しは青森県の津軽地方で作られている織物です。麻の布を織って藍で染め、出来上がった麻布に太い綿の糸を一針一針手刺しして作られています。丈夫で保温性を求めて作られたのが始まりです。