Meaning of sashiko in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsaʃɪkəʊ/


  • A Japanese hand-embroidery technique consisting of a simple running stitch forming repeating geometric patterns, typically in white thread on an indigo background.

    Sashiko was originally used to join layers of cloth for making clothes with reinforced durability but is now chiefly decorative in purpose.


1970s; earliest use found in Anderson (Indiana) Daily Bulletin. From Japanese sashiko, denoting a garment made with this technique from sashi-, combining stem of sasu to pierce, stab, (hence) to sew, embroider + -ko, suffix forming diminutives.