4 sizes: 40, 35, 30, 25 mm, various colors
Kogin is a uniquely Japanese needlework technique that was born of a practical desire for warmth, and the need to strengthen a fabric used in everyday life. Kogin is recognized by its characteristic blue and white geometric designs, which are embroidered with thick threads on a base fabric. The origins of this technique can be traced to the peasants in the Tsugaru Peninsula at the northwestern tip of Honshu - Japan's main island – in the 1600's. The characteristic blue and white designs were given names for things common to everyday life (soybean, cat's eye, running waters, etc.) Naming the patterns for items surrounding a stitcher helped to recall the patterns from memory, since formal graphs or charts had yet to be developed. Eventually, over three hundred patterns grew from the diamond shape, with certain designs associated with specific geographic areas.