Live Chat Recording: Sashiko, Martial Arts, and the Commodification of Practical Things

The video recording of one of my favourite recent Patreon chats is now up!

On October 9th, 2021, we meandered through the parallels between the commodification and popularization of sashiko stitching/embroidery and the development arc of a martial art; the history of MMA; the challenges of determining an art’s authenticity and effectiveness in HEMA; Phil Elmore’s “Street Sword”; hanky code; WWII textile cryptography; and medieval anxiety about weaving as a “women’s language”.

If you’re a patron, you can watch the whole thing by clicking the preview below.

Preview screenshot of a Zoom livechat

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