Reclaimed antique silk fabric orange sayagata w/ flowers
Lovely old chirimen silk fabric reclaimed from a child’s kimono, this fabric does show some signs of wear (weakness/holes at old seams, a couple of slight stains that will very likely dry clean out nicely) and is in antique good condition. This would be super for patchwork, small projects like bags etc. It is a soft, fine silk that has a woven sayagata pattern under a really zingy orange colour with white flowers. The usable fabric, less the old seams, leaves about 32-34 cm fabric after trimming. Not all parts would need trimming.
The pieces measure:
- 2 pieces @ 152 cm x 36 cm
- 2 pieces @ 260 cm x 36 cm,with a split at the 130 cm point that is 10 cm long(this woudl have been for the neck opening)
• 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.