Use it up, wear it out, Make it do, or do without. -Old lighthouse keeper saying
Sakiori is epitome of the Japanese idea of mottainai. A folk craft that really represents a “beauty through poverty” aesthetic, common in the textiles of rural Japan. Basically it is knotted fabric strips rewoven with thick (usually silk or hemp) warp threads. The colour variation of the fabric strips creates their very own unique pattern. On this Doryman sweater we used the front side and back side of some sakiori fabric. The front side has a lot of color-fade, white the opposite side is bright and vibrant.
Both sides blended well with the mottled beige and ecru of the sweater. Black wool yarn was added as a decorative/repair detail. Feeling a little inspiration from koginsashi embroidery we created a sashiko style repair. That adds a little dark contrast.
The elbow pads will strengthen the sweater and the pocket adds convenient function. Nothing better for the colder months ahead than a thick wool sweater.