Black/Red Island Home, Handwoven Tsumugi Ikat, Vintage Kimono Silk By the Yard #744

  • $18.00

Only 12 left!

True deep black and true red are the only colors. The tropical houses, islands, trees, gardens, streams and mountains are all created in the complex Tsumugi ikat weave. Hand dyed and hand woven from soft, slubby, silk fibers, it is cottony-soft, not sleek or shiny at all. Tsumugi like this was originally made hundreds of years ago from the floor sweepings left over from weaving fine, expensive silk. The peasants had to wear the 'waste silk' Tsumugi kimonos. Now, Tsumugi is loved and respected in Japan, and kimono from Tsumugi are known for being light, soft and warm. This silk is thick and strong, heavy for silk, with lots of body. It's the same on both sides, slubby and textured. Beautiful gray selvedges. The red is true red, not at all orange. There is lots of contrast between the red and black, and it reads as very dark, almost all black from a distance. Gorgeous. 

 14" wide, 100% silk from Japan, in perfect condition. Sold by the full yard and we'll cut yours in one long piece from the never-used, probably quite old bolt. 


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