Antique blue & red sayagata silk fabric
This package is made up from reclaimed antique chirimen silk pieces taken from a deconstructed kimono.
It has a printed pattern of sayagata in red and blue.
The condition is good to very good – there is some dirt, which could easily be dry cleaned, and a hole r two at the seam lines where it was picked apart, but it is in overall good order. I have not bothered to pick out all of the tiny pieces of threads left from unpicking it, but i have ironed all pieces.
There is a very slight amount of fading in small areas at the seams, but not really noticeable.
This would be great for making light, comfy summer wear, scarves, quilts, craft projects…
The package consists of the following sized pieces:
- 2 pieces @ 310 by 36 cm
- 2 pieces @ 130 by 18 cm
- 2 pieces @ 80 by 18 cm
- 1 piece @ 104 by 18 cm
- 2 pieces @ 128 by 36 cm
• Chirimen Silk: Chirimen fabric is a thick, heavy silk crepe, a crinkled fabric made by the weft threads being kept tighter than the warp threads during the weaving process. Weft threads are twisted as they are woven, resulting in a uneven texture.
This weaving technique was developed in Japan over 500 years ago. Threads may be dyed before weaving, or the fabric can be dyed using various techniques after weaving.
Chirimen fabric drapes beautifully, and it is difficult to crease. Therefore it is very popular for making kimonos.
In addition to a wide variety of kimono, many accessories are made using silk chirimen.
- small bags
- furoshiki (wrapping cloths)
- fabric kanzashi (hair ornaments)
- obiage (scarf like cloths worn under the obi)
Recently chirimen-style fabrics have been made with cotton, rayon and polyester as they are less expensive and than silk to produce. However, silk chirimen is still the most popular chirimen for kimono fabric.
Depending on the colours and style, chirimen kimonos may be worn for both informal and formal occasions.
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.