Intricately Patterned Silk-Wool Blend, with Floral Motifs in Hexagons of Wine and Blue on Cocoa Over Cream Kimono Fabric BTY
This is a lovely fabric, with so many colors intricately patterned within the weave that I can't even distinguish them all with any degree of certainty! In no particular order, there's cream, a wine red, a light orange, sky blue--but because of the skillful way the colors are combined and the weaving done with such fine threads, even unpicking a bit of the edge I'm not sure if there's a navy or if it's made up of other colors. At a more macro level, the eye combines it into a vibrant cocoa for the majority of the pattern, with some of the concentric hexagons in cream and navy, some of the motifs in wine, navy, blue-gray and light orange, but these also are combinations of colors. As I said, the color is far more vibrant, in a low-key way (I know, that reads like a contradiction in terms) throughout the pattern. And then we come to the fibers used, which interplay with light in addition to the intricacies of the colors and patterns. The warp (the vertical threads) is all silk, but unlike some of the other silk-wool kimono blends I've handled, this is made up of the various colors. The weft (horizontal threads) is a blend of wool (85%) and vinyl (15%). By working the reflective characteristics of these fibers (especially the wool and silk) into the pattern, the result is motifs and occasional pin-stripe-size outlines around the motifs that pop from the more matte background, and places where the orange and blue weft threads, although not dominant overall, provide their own silken gleam. As for its hand, it's not terribly silky yet it doesn't feel woolly either; it's lightweight, more supple than crisp but with body. The third photo gives a good idea of its hand. Overall, this is an astonishing fabric--beautiful, intricate, but so perfectly balanced it's not busy.
This listing is for one yard, and it's 14 inches wide.
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Please check my shop for more lovely vintage kimono, obi, haori and sari fabrics, 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 age- or storage-related imperfections. When I find these, I state them. As is normal with vintage items, this item is sold as is.
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