Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Kasuri (Ikat)
1950's Deadstock Japanese Cotton Fabric
Width: 13.5 inches /34.29 cm
Length: by yard / 91.44 cm
Catalog # 5448:
US$10.00 per yard
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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's-1960's, Found in a full roll.
Fabric Description: Deadstock (never used), Japanese vintage kasuri (ikat) cotton fabric with .75inch (19mm) every 1.75 inches (44.5mm) /4 bands all running lengthwise; There are small hash marks scattered at random in the dark bands;
Fabric Type: Kasuri (ikat), Light-Medium Weight.
Colors: Background is dark navy-indigo blue-black, with the aforementioned pin stripes burnished silver, black and dark olive green. patterns which are very pale aqua-blue(see close-ups).
Please remember that colors shown may differ on different devices; note colors listed in text here.
Still slightly firm, fabric softens with wash. (hand-wash separately, luke-warm water-- see our FAQ Pages for cleaning tips); This is the traditional type of old indigo which bleeds, even after multiple washings.
This is an unused 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 .