Flowers in Karakusa Arabesque Ikat, Dark Orange, Charcoal, Mustard Over Wide/Pin Stripes, Kasuri Yukata Cotton Kimono Fabric Tie Dye RPT

$4.00
+ $3.15 shipping
$4.00
+ $3.15 shipping
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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States

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Such graphic impact! And yet, with its ikat drag and delicately tinted pinstripes, it's got an appealing visual softness. While this is floral, it's the twining arabesques of the vines that are what I find so compelling in this fabric. Add in the soft-focus of kasuri technique, and the net effect is much more understated than you might think possible with such a large pattern. It has a rather crisp hand, with a lightweight, airy feel.

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 the dye is stenciled onto the threads on the loom prior to weaving. Kasuri is the term generally 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 it is.

This listing is for one pattern repeat, 29.75 inches by 13.5 inches wide. The fabric is from an uncut bolt, so multiple yard purchases will be cut as one continuous piece, wherever possible..

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.

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.

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For interested buyers outside of the US, convo me your location for shipping costs.


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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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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 the 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 only plastic bags which have contained textile items, not bags from other sources.

Similarly I nearly always use manila envelopes or Priority envelopes/boxes, both of which can be recycled. I do have poly envelopes, but I rarely use them. 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 $6.00 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.


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Cut fabrics are not returnable, unless an item is grossly misrepresented. Likewise, vintage items are sold "As is." But should you have a problem with an item, I would rather work with you to resolve it than to have you feel that negative feedback is your only recourse, so please contact me. I do want to make customers happy!