Chrysanthemums, Maple Leaves and Waves on Light Blue Ikat Tsumugi Silk Japanese Vintage Kimono Fabric BTY
This is pretty fabric, in an intricate ikat floral pattern. The colors are soft shades of red, blue and green, yet the pattern is not quite pastel. The background is made up of pale and medium blue in a tiny hounds tooth pattern. Interesting, and very harmonious! It's a relatively lightweight fabric, with a slightly crisp hand. It's in good vintage condition although it has a bit of sun fading along the edges (visible in the second and fifth photos), hence its affordability. This is only in places, not along the entire length.
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.
Ikat, tsumugi, kasuri and meisen are interesting techniques, slight variations on the technique generally known by the Indonesian term "ikat". Most ikat weaving is from threads that have been painstakingly tie-dyed then arranged and woven, while in meisen-woven, kasuri-dyed ones the dye is stenciled onto the threads on the loom prior to weaving (sorry, that's a very simplistic version of the process). Kasuri refers to ikat dying generally, but it's often used for cotton ikat textiles in Japan, although it may be used for silk as well, and I have seen it translated as "splashed.". Tsumugi silk is traditionally hand spun from silk cocoon scraps which, like dupioni silk, produces slubs and other variations in the thickness of the spun thread, so that the woven fabric has irregularities to it that many people find quite wonderful. The threads are dyed and woven using ikat technique. Each of these variations, when woven, produce the soft focus which weavers call "drag". They produce lovely textiles, whichever version you see.
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.