August 10 2009 Monday at 10:46 AM

Signature Shirt



As usual, I stumbled across some wondrous embroidery on the internet while looking for something completely unrelated (what was I looking for, anyway?). This is from the Japanese American Archival Collection at the California State University in Sacramento, and represents one of my favorite kinds of traditional embroidery collaborations: embroidering signatures. But this piece bears some historical poignancy as it was stitched by a Japanese-American POW while in an internment camp in the 40's. From the catalog:

Embroidered shirt, 1943. Owner: Fusaye Yokoyama, 2001/41

Friends and acquaintances of Fusaye Yokoyama signed the shirt while she was at the
Tule Lake Internment Center and then she embroidered over their signatures.