Nui Shibori on Woven Floral in Shades of Purples and Cream Stitch-Resist Striped Silk Fabric Japanese Vintage Kimono Traditional Tie Dye BTY
This fabric is calmly lovely, in purple shades both cool and warm. It has been dyed along stripes initially defined by woven patterns of flowers and foliage, using one of the stitch-resist techniques of nui shibori. The color palette is shown most accurately in the four detail photos although there is NO tan in this fabric: what shows as tan in my photos is a warm purple heading toward tan, but not. Overall this lovely fabric is in very good vintage condition, but there is some darkening along the very edges in places where it was exposed to light and air while in storage.
The fabric is from an uncut vintage bolt, 14.5 inches wide, and this listing is for one yard. It has not yet been cut so multiple yard orders will be cut in a continuous piece.
Shibori is a labor-intensive resist dying technique, in which the fabric is first manipulated by pinching, folding, wrapping, stitching, pleating, and so on to shape it so that the density of the fabric itself, or as in this type of shibori, wrapping small sections (the squares) tightly with thread, keeps the dye from penetrating. Dying is then done successively, from light colors to darker ones, and new areas are bound off, to keep their current color, while darker hues are applied. When complete, yards of fabric will be tied up into a compact shape with lots of tiny points sticking out, looking other-worldly or like a strange deep-sea creature. There are Youtube videos showing various shibori techniques, if you want to get an idea of the creative variety possible with Japanese resist techniques. This one, although brief, will give you some idea of how the effect in this haori was produced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lIqa39dQUk
Please check my shop for more lovely kimono, obi and haori fabrics, sari silk, and for vintage haori.
I am no expert on kimono or fabrics, just fiber artist with a deep love of beautiful textiles. But I have been collecting and working with kimono for a number of years, so feel free to ask any questions you might have and I will tell you what I can.
I have fibromyalgia, I don't have the energy to iron, and this is vintage kimono fabric which has been stored for years. I have not noticed any stains or spots, but it may have other age- or storage-related imperfections. When I find these, I state them. As is normal with vintage items, this item is sold as is.
Shipping is by first class mail and is uninsured. Should you wish it insured or sent by Priority, convo me. If sent uninsured I can not be held responsible should something go wrong in the shipping. I don't accept returns unless the item has been grossly misrepresented, but please let me know if you are unhappy with it when you receive it. If there is a problem, please contact me before leaving negative feedback. I prefer to have happy, satisfied customers! Thanks.
International customers, please convo me for shipping prices.
Pet-friendly, smoke-free home.
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My shipping rates are set high enough to cover any combination of items and make sure I'm not losing money on shipping (yes, this has happened), as my prices for kimono textiles are as reasonable as possible. Different fabrics, whether yardage or garments, weigh quite different amounts, hence the initially high shipping charge. That does temporarily mean that customers purchasing several items often overpay on shipping--but it's temporary as my policy is to refund overcharges on shipping, which I do when packing orders in order to have accurate weights when I purchase postage.
I use recycled--and recyclable--materials where possible, especially in shipping, and otherwise tend to use the best possible materials. I include a packing slip for extra assurance in the rare case a package is damaged in shipping. I generally pack an item or items in a plastic bag which, unfortunately, my suppliers do use. These are plastic bags which have contained textile items, not bags from other sources, so you need not fear that other substances will stain your items.
Similarly I nearly always use manila envelopes or Priority envelopes/boxes, both of which can be recycled. If you prefer that I package your items in plastic, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your preferences.
In general, I ship by the least expensive option although I ship Priority once a domestic order reaches approximately $7.00 in shipping charges, so that your order is covered by insurance. Because each of my items weighs a different amount, I have not priced the various shipping alternatives. If you prefer a faster method, or want to add insurance, convo me and I will work out a price quote for you.