Sashiko quilting is a form of quilting, which originated in Japan. Centuries ago, Japanese peasants practiced a running-stitch technique, called "little stabs," to patch torn or worn clothes. The idea of mending was necessary, as cloth and thread were scarce and therefore valuable. With the advent of white cotton thread, this was used for patching indigo blue garments, giving Sashiko its distinctive appearance. Sashiko is used for firemenís uniforms, Judo uniforms, farmerís clothing in northern areas, and Hida Takayama.