Japanese textiles have been treasured and preserved for centuries by patching them with contrasting fabrics - remnants attached with simple running stitches in decorative patterns inspired by nature.
In Feudal times, Japanese peasants extended the life of their primarily indigo-blue dyed cotton clothing with extensive patching known as'Boro'. These patches are often sewn on with elaborate running stitches known as 'Sashiko'.
Practicing meditative 'Sashiko' quilting isn't unlike sitting on the veranda of Kyoto's Ryōan-ji temple admiring the gravel carefully raked around larger stones to evoke the water swirling around the volcanic islands of the Inland Sea. I've been collecting indigo-blue fabrics for years now preparing to spend the summer creating a cloth to cover my black leather coffee table.