Hippari Jacket with Sashiko Stitching

An In-Person Class with Toshie and Marico Chigyo

‘Hippari’ a Japanese verb meaning to pull or tug, possibly referring to the closure of this traditional garment. Loosely tailored and worn in a rural context as an outer layer by men, women and children alike, a Hippari jacket is a form of ‘jinbei’. Many a contemporary designer has dipped into this traditional style for new inspiration which is also steeped in history and specific to place.

Along with expert artisanal clothing makers Toshie and Marico Chigyo, 12 lucky students have the opportunity to construct their own Hippari jacket from start to finish in a unique, intimate, in-person workshop.

With materials specially sourced and brought over from Japan, Toshie and Marico will guide students (regardless of skill level) through the making of this light coat, including sizing, cutting, seaming and embellishing.

The jacket can be personalized in many ways. A simple change to the sashiko stitching design or the potential for added embroidery or patchwork will alter the aesthetics considerably. The sample pictured is but a suggestion, but all students will be carefully attended to, and given exceptional materials to ensure a treasured heirloom piece.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Sunday, Nov. 13

10am-2pm ET

** Please note!

This class is in-person and will be held at our Tatter studio! We will send the address and instructions upon enrollment.

$375, which includes two day in-person instruction and a beautiful materials package.

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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