SPECIALTY FABRIC INFORMATION
I have found a great source for unusual fabrics that I having fallen in love with. They are mostly fabrics created for kimonos. Some fabric pieces come from unused vintage fabric bolts. Some are pieces that used to be kimono, now taken apart, cleaned and pressed and in beautiful condition given their age. Most of these fabrics were created decades ago in small workrooms, and their exact history and production methods are not documented. Many kimono fabrics are created once, for one 13-yard bolt only - making them very unique.
I also use fabric cottons from India and brightly colored handwoven fabric from Guatemala.
Ikat - a fabric in which the yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving.
Tsumugi(紬) is a traditional slub silk cloth from Japan, though similar textiles are found in other countries. ... Traditionally a peasant cloth, handmade tsumugi is very labor-intensive to produce, and has become expensive over time, valued as a luxury folk-craft.
1. GRAY/BLACK HEXAGONS RAINSTORM RUSTIC TSUMUGI KIMONO SILK
Black, white and gray, in this Japanese Tsumugi ikat with rustic hexagons, some with floral and geometric patterns inside. This pure raw silk is lightweight, thin, lusciously soft and slubby, with a bit of body, and no drape or shine. Beautifully woven with a strong crossdye "Rain" effect. Hexagons are about 2-3" in size, and they overlap each other through the bolt. In Japan, hexagons and tortoise shells signify longevity and good fortune. This vintage kimono silk from Japan has never been used and has been carefully stored for decades, so it is in pristine condition.
CHUNKY PURPLE/WHITE HANDLOOM VINTAGE KIMONO SILK
Raw silk Tsumugi handweave from Japan. Rustic, very slubby silk in purple, white and black/dk purple from Japan. Silks like this are always hard to find – pure texture, striations, knobs, color, and character. Soft, midweight, tightly woven.
MUTED PURPLE WAVY STRIPES, VINTAGE JAPANESE SILK TSUMUGI
EARTH SMOKE RUSTIC STRIPES COTTON WOVEN
Yarn-dyed, soft, smooth and slubby, cross-weave 100% cotton made from black, brown and gray fibers creating an overall charcoal look with rustic, moving streaks and lots of beautiful texture. Slightly crisp before washing, slightly sheer, very soft. When washed, the shrinkage tightens up the weave a little, and it gets softer and a bit crinkly before ironing; a beautiful slightly rustic cotton. It's even more textured and richly colored than the photos show. India.
CROSS STITCH FLOWERS
Teal/Pale Teal “Cross Stitch” Kimono Fabric This vintage kimono fabric has the look of squares with cross-stitched flowers. The geometric design is woven. This fabric is soft and supple of synthetic silk blend.
GREY ARCS YARN-DYED VINTAGE KIMONO WOOL
Gentle arcs like curved blades of grass, far off into the horizon, in darker black, crossing over one another, each one about 3-4" across. They whisper, but they're everywhere. Both sides of this fabric are beautiful; the arcs are lighter on one side, darker on the other. The yarns are just black and white so the overall look is gray. The design is in the weave; this is not a print. We think this is wool blended with synthetic meant for men's kimono or haori jacket; it's thin and light, softer than most pure wool, not shiny, not sleek but it is supple.
NAVY/BLACK WITH GRASSES KIMONO WOOL PRINT
Navy with black slubs, wool blend kimono fabric with grasses and tiny sprinkled flowers in tan and light brown. Beautiful high quality vintage kimono wool from Japan.
SKINNY MULTI STRIPE COTTON
Traditional heavy weight handwoven cotton from Guatemala highlands.Highest quality authentic Zunil handwoven on large foot looms. Machine wash and dry cool gentle or hand wash and iron while damp or air dry.
BAMBOO SHADOWS HANDWOVEN KIMONO SILK TSUMUGI
BLUE GREEN SERAPE WOVEN COTTON
Woven stripes of vivid grees, blues, purple and yellow, cross woven with black, on 100% mid-weight cotton. Yarn dyed cotton with fancy dobby-loomed stripes of navy and black. The weave seems inspired by Mexico or Guatemala, but was woven in India. Handwash separately cold, no bleach, line dry, cool iron.
BLACK CABERNET RUSTIC WEFT IKAT WOVEN COTTON
Crosswise yarn-dyed abstract soft-stripes and other effects on 100% lightweight cotton. Woven designs change continually and are created from black, red and grey cotton threads. The warp is black; the weft is Ikat dyed before weaving. When washed the weave tightens a bit and softens. Handwash separately cold, no bleach, line dry, cool iron.
DEEP SEA BLUE/BLACK SLUBBY SOFT WOVEN COTTON
Yarn-dyed soft, smooth and slubby, cross-weave 100% Cotton woven with black and dark blue cotton fibers creating an overall near-black blue look with dark, rustic streaks and lots of beautiful texture. From India. Handwash separately cold, no bleach, line dry, cool iron.
BLUE CRACKLE BATIK- LOOK JAPANESE KIMONO SILK. Soft crepe with a tribal looking print in blues, greens and soft pink. The vintage silk piece was once pat of a kimono lovingly disassembled.