BUAISOU Hand Sewing Thread Box
Introduced in amirisu Issue 13, a pack of DARUMA hand sewing thread dyed by BUAISOU.
Contents: two sewing thread cards & a couple pieces of indigo-dyed fabrics
Material: 100% cotton
Quantity: 100 meters × 2 cards
Needles (JPN): 4-9
Box Size: W 11.8 × H 2 × D 9.2cm
Made in Japan
The DARUMA thread is dyed in a SUKUMO indigo vat in Tokushima prefecture, renowned for indigo leaf farming. The prefecture is also known for its tradition of composting indigo leaves into SUKUMO. The indigo vat, which we commonly call "The Hell Vat," is fermented only with four elements: SUKUMO, ash lye, calcium hydroxide, and wheat bran; therefore, purely organic. The thread is dyed in the 100% natural vat hence it must be treated properly. After a series of meticulous treatments, it is finally reborn to shine with deep, luminous "Japan Blue", and can immediately be washed with other garments.
The story of DARUMA thread: It was in 1901 that Chozaemon Yokota, having trained in sales of the Kyoto art of Kanoko Shibori dyed fabric, began to make and sell thread. He believed that no matter how the times were to change, thread for hand stitching would always be an integral part of daily life. Based on this sentiment, they refined and perfected their product until they came up with a superb quality silk-cotton thread. Eventually, Daruma sewing thread could be found in the sewing box of any home even up until today. The reliability of DARUMA thread has been passed down from generation to generation in the hope to continue to weave its way into the hearts of future generations.