5352-2: 1960's Japanese E-Gasuri Type Kasuri Cotton Fabric, Sparrows

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Vintage Japanese Textiles:

Japanese Kimono Kasuri (Ikat)
(E-gasuri,picture type)

1960's Deadstock Japanese Cotton Fabric

Width: 14 inches / 35.6 cm
Length: 45 inches / 114.3 cm

Catalog# 5352-2:  

US$10.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's-1960's, Found as roll of cut pieces of differing lengths  from Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles).

Fabric Description: used from Arai-hari, Japanese vintage kasuri (ikat) cotton fabric; This type is technically called 'egasuri' (picture-kasuri) as it has birds in flight patterns along with the usual kasuri geometric shapes.

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

Colors: background is indigo black with motifs in whites to grays. (see close-ups)

Motifs:  Interesting and seldom seen combination of widely spaced birds-in-flight (sparrows?swallows?) with geometric designs,squares and rectangles in pairs.

Condition: Excellent, softer than our other deadstock kasuri, but still slightly stiff, 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 .

      $ 10.00

      5352-2: 1960's Japanese E-Gasuri Type Kasuri Cotton Fabric, Sparrows