A Gorgeous Fabric

I bought this in a favorite small shop in Kyoto and have loved it. I wore it once—last Halloween! It’s been hanging out now for a year and I’m ready to do something new to me. It’s done a lot in Japan and I thought of it when I bought it. I’m going to take it apart. The seams are all hand sewn. In Japan, I see fragments of kimonos that have been taken apart for sale. I have bought many over time at flea markets and high end shops. I plan to hang the panels separately. I’m thinking of hanging them close-ish and perpendicular to the wall. I’ll have to see about that.

Here is a closer look at the beautiful ikat job. And an appreciation of the cloth.

This is a section of the back. The center back seam is here as well as the tuck taken where an obi would cover it. The care taken to match everything is amazing.

An even closer look at the fabric. Gorgeous silk threads unevenly spun for the weft. A delight to see from near and far.

9 thoughts on “A Gorgeous Fabric”

  1. Oh my goodness, I just love this beautiful silk fabric. Imagine how long it would take to thread. Absolutely incredible piece, thank you for sharing.

  2. Amazing!! probably handspun handwoven, would love to see the loom it was woven on ?Two treadles, homemade, with pickup sticks? Who wove it for whom? Can you even guess it’s age? So much history hidden here. Hope the weaver can look down and see it when you enshrine it.

  3. It would be interesting to pair it with some other fabrics (perhaps another Kimono?) for a mixed media panel or banner….it’s very beautiful.


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