Marine Blue Tsumugi with Colorful Hand-Worked Geometric Patterns, Almost Slubby Tsumugi Silk Japanese Vintage Kimono Fabric BTY

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This is lovely fabric, a tsumugi silk. It's a beautiful understated color which is shown most accurately (on my monitor) in the second, fourth and fifth photos. The first and third photos, however, show the colors of the hand-worked patterns most accurately. My weaving consultant explained that these pattern portions would have been hand-woven, with the colorful threads carried along between the front and back layers where they aren't showing on the front. These threads may in fact be tie-dyed; in any case they are variegated by some means. Where these colorful threads are not carried along within the fabric they are unsecured on the back, as you can see in the final photo. This fabric has something of the character of a hand-woven one, although I doubt that it is entirely hand-woven. Still, the patterned areas could not have been machine woven. It's also not as textured as something I would call slubby but it tends in that direction.

The fabric is from an uncut vintage bolt, 13.9 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. Please note: the hand-woven pattern areas are scattered across the length of the fabric: I can't guarantee which will be in any given length.

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.

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