A Virtual Class with Toshie and Marico Chigyo

The purpose of this class is to educate people on the long history of Sashiko, demonstrate the depth of the art form, and to guide students through the process of stitching on cloth. Toshie and Marico Chigyo will begin the class with a brief summary of their introduction to and experiences with the art of Sashiko. After offering a synthesized history of Sashiko, the instructors will explain the materials necessary to complete Sashiko. The instructors will also detail the various projects and artistic expressions made possible with Sashiko. In efforts to teach students the rudimentary components of beginning Sashiko, Marico and Toshie will then guide students through the process of tracing a pattern onto the cloth and beginning the stitch work. With this class, you will be exposed to the beauty of Sashiko and the tools necessary to begin your own unique creation.

Friday, April 29th, 2022


12pm – 2pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.

$100, includes the virtual class, a materials package and U.S. Domestic Shipping. Please be sure to add your shipping address in the “Additional Information/Order Notes” section at checkout.

Toshie and Marico Chigyo

Toshie and Marico Chigyo were born in Osaka, Japan in 1957 and 1959, respectively. They grew up with their aunt, Fukiko, who inspired them to create handmade clothing and other necessities for their daily life. In their childhood, Toshie and Marico visited a Folk Arts Museum, where they first witnessed the Sashiko stitch. An old farmer’s jacket was detailed with stitches and creative ideas. At that moment, their “Sashiko journey” began.

The sisters have lived in the U.S. since 1979, and dedicate their lives to textile work. Specializing in “Sashiko,” Marico and Toshie create both authentic garments, accessories, and non-wearable art. Their work ranges from smocks and jackets to handbags, pillows, and quilts.

When the Sashiko stitch was yet to be introduced to the U.S., Marico and Toshie began to make pieces and show them at local crafts shows. People were so enthusiastic about this new, yet traditional craft. This fortunate beginning enabled them to expand their reach they soon began exhibiting in arts and craft shows across the country. The unique creations were showcased at the Smithsonian Craft show in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Craft Show in Pennsylvania, the ACC show in San Francisco, and groups shows in Boston and New York.

Along with sharing their art through craft shows, Marico and Toshie also teach “Sashiko” workshops to needle groups from the East coast to the West coast. In efforts to share Japan’s unique culture and artistic offerings, the sisters also guide yearly trips to Japan.

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