This is a piece of beautiful vintage Russian (Soviet) fabric that looks much like a Russian shawl with its lavish print. It is fine and nice to the touch. It is in great condition, with no stains, holes or odours. It is rather fine and soft.
Dimensions: length 3.2 yards (3 meters); width 36.5 inches (93 cm). I can't cut the fabric, sorry - I am selling it as a whole piece.
PLEASE NOTE: No flaws to note, but please remember that the item is vintage and might have a small defect overlooked by me.
Please note that shipping from Uzbekistan to the US, Canada and Europe takes 3-6 weeks.
I ship once a week (every Saturday) to reduce overheads and pass them to you. When I can, I ship sooner.
We ship by Uzbekistan Registered Mail. It takes up to 3-5 weeks to Europe, US and Canada, based on our experience. For most countries, packages can be tracked to your door.
Please note that we cannot be responsible for covering any fees, taxes or duties imposed by your national customs or notifying you about them.
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If I have not heard from you regarding payment, I will cancel your sale after 48 hours. I understand that sometimes people change their minds. I hope you will come back again.
Returns & exchanges
If for any reason you are not quite happy with the item you received, let us find a solution together. It is not easy to shop online. We love our customers and want you to be absolutely happy with your purchase.
We will accept returns for any reason, no questions asked, within 2 months after we shipped the item. The items to be returned must be in new unused condition. The return shipping costs to be borne by the customer save for cases of gross misrepresentation of an item.
Silk ikat fabric should be dry cleaned. In theory, it can be hand washed cold with a mild detergent, but dry clean is preferred. Crepe de chine and silk chiffon can be hand washed cold.
Occasionally you can see some irregularities in the silk fabric, such as slubs or uneven dye. We feel that they provide extra character to the items and do not mind. However, if you do mind, these items might not be for you. Please bear in mind that these are handmade fabrics, and they are produced in Uzbekistan in a rather primitive way.
Same is true about vintage Russian scarves and shawls and the items we make from them. They can bear signs of age which make them even more dear to us, and we make our best to identify and describe any issues. When describing my vintage shawls, I often indicate that they have small holes (mostly pinholes) made by moth. I often enclose photos as well. While you might think it strange that too many of my shawls are damaged, in reality most of vintage wool shawls will have some moth damage. It is just that most people do not know how to look for that. I myself often buy vintage shawls online, where condition is described as perfect, and find moth bites. So, my shawls are not 'more damaged' than average; I am more accurate in examining and describing than an average seller.
Some of my vintage shawls can have a slight scent of mothballs or some other scents from their previous homes. I air and iron them but do not wash or dry clean. I also cannot guarantee that they come from pet and smoke free environment. When shawls are stored in my house, I put some essential oils into that chest, to ward off the moth, so they can acquire a light scent of lavender and clove.
We often find items in perfect vintage condition, but if you want a guaranteed impeccable condition please refer to the authorised dealer in Russia - it is the safest way. Etsy and Ebay are full of fake Russian shawls now. Not only they look miserable, but also the fabric is not wool.
Russian shawls can be damaged by washing so dry clean is the safest way. It is good to air them on the line now and then, especially when it is dry and cold. They look instantly refreshed. There is a set of simple maintenance rules which you can see here - http://www.mulberrywhisper.com/2015/01/how-to-care-for-your-russian-shawl.html
We believe in recycling and reusing. In most cases, items will be packed in a very simple manner, using recycled materials. If you want gift wrapping and/or a gift card, please indicate that in the note when buying.
We have pets at home. I have a Belgian Shepherd Dog, and my mother has a rescued Dachshund cross. The dogs do not come close to the items we make for Etsy, but our homes are definitely not pet free.
We do not smoke, but sometimes vintage fabrics might have traces of scents from storing, such as a faint scent of mothballs, cedar or lavender. Please remember they do not come from a factory. A bit of airing helps.
We gladly reserve items for several days.
Please also see the vintage shop run by our relative in Wisconsin - http://www.etsy.com/shop/MulberryTerrace - some very nice finds there.