This blog post and Denimhunters video production is sponsored by Munich Fabric Start’s Bluezone. Get the latest news from the show and register for the next edition here.

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Meet The Person: Pey A.K.A. Sashikodenim

Since a couple of years Pey, better known as Sashikodenim, is upcycling pairs of jeans. He’s using this decorative stitching method to turn worn-out jeans and jackets into pieces of art. True denim art.

This very time-consuming method is done by hand, stitch for stitch. His work is a very good and appreciated initiative to support the slow movement as reaction on the big fast fashion trend. Luckily the group of slow fashion people is growing each year too. They’re aware of investing in durable, quality and honest made products that last long. But they’re also giving their beloved products a second life instead of throwing away.

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pey sashikodenim

pey sashikodenim

Pey, Sashikodenim. Pics by Brian Engblad.

What is Sashiko?

Sashiko stitching is a traditional reinforcement stitching technique from Japan. Traditionally this method was used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the darned piece ultimately stronger and warmer. It was very popular among poor farmers and fishermen in the Northern part of Japan. Most of the time the decorations are symbols on kimonos and other garments which were considered as spiritual protection. Some garments had stitched symbols hidden inside the garment to protect the body too.

Sashiko means literally little stabs. The cotton thread is white and was used on original coloured pieces that were dyed in natural indigo. Nowadays these old pieces are very valuable and true collector’s items.

Talk With Pey

During the last edition of the Bluezone show in Munich, I sat down together with Thomas Stege Bojer from Denimhunters to talk with Pey about why he’s repairing jeans the slowest way possible, how it became meditative for him and why his nails are covered with nail polish.

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pey sashikodenim

pey sashikodenim

pey sashikodenim

Pey, Sashikodenim. Pics by Brian Engblad.

Enjoy watching the story of Pey from Sashikodenim. And remember; ‘repair, don’t replace.

www.munichfabricstart.com/bluezone

Watch also the previous video interviews shot at Bluezone;

Thomas Stege Bojer (founder Denimhunters): here.

Mohsin Sajid (denim designer): here.

Moritz Fuchs (founder New Heritage Festival): here.

Benjamin Woodhouse (Clobbercalm Store): here.

Meet Özge Özsoy (Marketing Chief Bossa): here.

Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.