This is an indigo dyed fragment which used as heel guard in Yamagata prefecture, northern Japan.
It reinforced by hand sashiko stitching, Stitched all over the fabric to reinforce the strength of the fabric in Shonai Sashiko style.
Shonai is the area of Yamagata prefecture in northern part of Japan. Cotton did not grow there and only available cotton fabric was second-hand ones from western part of Japan.
Material : Cotton 100%
Measures: 15cm×11cm (5.9in × 4.3in)
Vintage Japanese sashiko stitched heel guard fragment
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