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Japan’s first fire service was founded in 1629 during the Edo era (1603-1867), and was called Hikeshi. During the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), when Japan opened its doors to the West, the Hikeshi was merged into the police department.
Sashiko technique was used as a practical technique to quilt together several layers of fabric for durability and strength. The thickness of sashiko stitching reinforced cloth so as to help shoulder heavy burdens, protect the body against heat and cold, or weapons; its abrasive surface also tended to harden any skin which came into contact with its knotted surface. Cotton cloth was suited to sashiko as it absorbs water readily. Super-thick, hand-spun cotton threads were used to give body. All the cloth and threads were dyed with real indigo.