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Mom every day, sometimes as craftsperson Seamstress, Ms. Ai Tagata from workshop “Saichi”

Published : November 1, 2016
Production area : Kanazawa
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Hi, I’m Yumika.
Living necessities, rustic somehow and lovely. The cloth accessories such as kitchen cloth, luncheon mat, pouch, etc. are made by seamstress with care. They are not the people who hand down a traditional technique, though, they back up “craft” with making use of their skills and they also uphold their home as wives and mothers. This time, we had an interview with a seamstress Ms. Ai Tagata about her way of working and living.

When I let the sewing machine run innocently, the stress should be flown away.
Seamstress is a dream job as I’m paid by doing what I like.

“I’ve been good at home economics since I was a child. I used to submit a hand made sewing for the summer homework.” She laughs. After graduated from a dress making college, she entered a design company. She quit her job upon her childbirth and determined to concentrate to nurturing for the time being. While doing household task, she made her child’s clothes and joined a hand making activity.
he’s been engaged in hand making all the time. One day a company of the group introduced a job to her when she was thinking of going back to work.
She cried in joy “I can do it at home! I can use the sewing machine that I love!”

The pattern and design changes according to the motif of the season like cherry blossoms, hydrangea, Tanabata or Star Festival, Christmas. The local motifs such as

The pattern and design changes according to the motif of the season like cherry blossoms, hydrangea, Tanabata or Star Festival, Christmas. The local motifs such as “Rabbit in Izumo”, “Mentaiko in Hakata” and “octopus dumpling in Osaka” are popular, too.

Now she is mainly in charge of popular gather pouch. “I’m having fun to change colors and patterns depending on the season or the locality. I wonder how many pouches I have made so far. 1000 pieces a month at most, I guess…” At our big surprise, she added hastily. “Well, 500 piece a month, usually.” It’s been three years since she began. She’s a reliable expert now.

キャプションなし?

When she takes an order, she checks the number and the due date, and arranges the schedule with the person who puts a spring and does packing.
“They put their trust in me and I’m leading a process management. It feels good when I mark on the schedule saying, “We’ve done up to this!”

She wakes up at 6:30am. Making a breakfast and send off my family. Finishing vacuum and laundry, take a break with a cup of tea. And here’s the time for seamstress. She keeps sewing until 5:00pm, except lunch time. After dinner and a bath, she does a simple task like folding clothes in relaxed while watching TV.
“Sometime I don’t do anything. I go out for a lunch with my friend or once or twice a week I work a part time job at a café. To vary the pace of life is the best way for refreshing.” She said.
The efficiency of the household has been increased. She makes a weekly meal menu and goes to minimum shopping.
The efficiency of the household has been increased. She makes a weekly meal menu and goes to minimum shopping.

キャプションなし?

It’s good for her that she can do it on her pace in relaxed while listening to her favorite music. She’s a night bird. When she’s in mood, she works after her family goes to bed.
“I was busy this summer. I was absorbed in letting the sewing machine run while watching Olympic Games on TV. I didn’t notice the morning came. It’s like a popular manga artist, isn’t it!?” She looked fun. After she learned her own pace, she seldom does night work.
“I can ask for an advice to the staff at the workshop and they offer me a help when I’m in trouble.”
It looks a job on my own but it’s not. That kind of connection is reassuring and comfortable, she said.

For a guide line of straight stitch, she put a packing tape on the sewing machine. That helps cloth run better. She made a paper pattern to make it easy to find the tag position at a glance, too. To give it a twist is another fun.

For a guide line of straight stitch, she put a packing tape on the sewing machine. That helps cloth run better. She made a paper pattern to make it easy to find the tag position at a glance, too. To give it a twist is another fun.



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“I simply love the sewing by machine. I’m thrilled to see that the flat clothes will be a tridimensional shape and those are in an array.”
When she sews an unfamiliar thing it doesn’t go as she plans in the beginning. But once she gets the trick, she will be able to sew without paying attention, she said. “Great!” she would say with a small fist pump at that time. She’s happy with her growing on everyday.
“My children was wondering what I was about to start, but now they send me pictures of my pouch with saying that “Mom’s pouch were displayed in a shop.”
“When my pouch was introduced on TV, we had a great fuss! I was impressed and thank goodness I’ve been doing this job.” She shows a bit proud seamstress and affectionate mother on her face.

Even if I had a bad experience, my stress should be flown away while I’m into sewing by machine.

“I hope to keep doing this job in old age.” She said it so naturally.
She sometimes get together with her seamstress buddy.
“We could talk about something else, but our topic will be about sewing. It goes like this, “How can I sew quicker?” “It’s fun to sew this part, isn’t it?” She showed an embarrassed smile.
“Seamstress is a dream job for me as I’m paid by doing what I like.”
Her appearance comes to our mind. Accompanied by the sound of the sewing machine, she sews with humming everyday.

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Ms. Ai Tagawa
She’s a mother of two child aged 13 and 15. The clothes’ making for her children gave her a chance to reconnect to sewing with machine since graduated from college. “They liked my clothes so much and wore it out.” She showed us pretty trousers happily. BGM for sewing is up-tempo number. But if it’s too rhythmic I’ll be crazy. So-so is good. She laughs. The atmosphere around her got brighter.

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 Writer: Yumika Yasuda
Photographer: Naomi Hayashi

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