These lovely rectangular woven cloths from Daruma are used for kogin embroidery, a traditional Japanese form of counted stitching. The woven threads are easy to see and count.
Kogin features geometric patterns worked on evenweave fabrics over an odd thread count, usually 1, 3 or 5. It originated in the north of Japan, women stitched onto clothes made from linen and hemp to reinforce them and to create layers to provide warmth. Originally white cotton thread was used on indigo dyed cloth. Different patterns became popular in different areas and over time kogin embroidery has evolved from a necessity to an art form.
Kogin is traditionally stitched on a fabric that has a slightly higher number of warp than weft threads - this gives the pattern as slight distortion. The direction of grainline from top/bottom is marked on your fabric for ease of use.
The cloth includes basic instructions in Japanese and English and a pattern, Hanako (small flower), which can be made into a brooch.
Vertical 50 cm x Horizontal 44 cm.
1 sheet per pack - you could get several small projects from one sheet.
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