5307: 1950's Antique Japanese Kasuri (ikat) Cotton Fabric by Piece

5307 YokoDana kasuri, 51inch view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

Japanese Kimono Kasuri (Ikat)

1950's Deadstock Japanese Cotton Fabric

Width: 12.5 inches /31.7 cm
Length: 51 inches / 1.29 m

Catalog# 5307:  

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1940's-1950's, Found as two pieces; obtained from Araihari, from deconstructed

Fabric Description: Used vintage, Japanese vintage kasuri (ikat) cotton fabric; 

Fabric Type: Kasuri (ikat), Light-Medium Weight.

Colors: background is dark-indigo blue(almost black) with motifs in pale aqua-blue, dark colonial blue and dark blue;  accents are small touches of red and light yellow (see close-ups).

Motifs: This is a distinctive ikat  pattern composed of various geometric configurations lain out in a diagonal grid of diamond shapes with the bars and lines grouped  within; Rather different than what we normally see; This may be from pre-WWII but we're not sure; It has a rare use of dark blue and is a width seen more so in 1920-1930's pieces.

Condition: Excellent (Still slightly hard, softens with washing -- requires special washing instructions)


    This is a Japanese country vintage fabric called kasuri (also called ikat in Southeast Asia ) ; Kasuri is a labor-intensive process where patterns are made by pre-dyed paste resistance and varying techniques used to create the sorts of patterns seen here. Because of the methods used, authentic kasuri is usually highly expensive. More info on kasuri below:

    Cultural Notes on Kasuri(ikat):

    Wikipedia.org, on-line encyclopedia, defines Kasuri as:

    ...a Japanese word for fabric that has been woven with fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the fabric. It is an ikat technique. Kasuri is weft ikat; the warp threads are solid color, and the weft thread is resist-tied in a specific pattern and dyed with indigo to form a picture when the cloth is woven. Japanese ikats are generally weft ikats or double ikats.

    To see a YouTube.com video of the making of traditional indigo kasuri please click HERE .

      $ 12.00

      5307: 1950's Antique Japanese Kasuri (ikat) Cotton Fabric by Piece