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KURUME KASURI Fabric - Aizome Dark Navy Blue Plain

KURUME KASURI Fabric - Aizome Dark Navy Blue Plain

Regular price $189.48 USD
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[About Kurume Kasuri]
Kurume Kasuri is a traditional pre-dyed fabric from Japan, woven on a retro belt-type power loom consisting of 20 interconnected looms driven by a single motor. The Kurume Kasuri weaving company was established in 1948 during the Showa era.

This fabric is known for its soft texture, reminiscent of handwoven materials, and is a representative of traditional pre-dyed weaving in Japan. It involves a labor-intensive process with over 30 steps taking 2 to 4 months to complete. The resulting fabric, after being woven, is subjected to hot-water washing and natural drying, leading to approximately 10% shrinkage. It is the perfect choice for those who wish to create meticulously crafted traditional pieces.

[Characteristics of the Weaving]
The warp threads are made from slightly thicker cotton yarn called 30/2, resulting in a fabric with a slightly substantial feel. The weft threads are made from 12/1 nep yarn, which has a hand-spun texture and distinctive nubs. Initially, the fabric has a somewhat rigid impression due to indigo dyeing and the starch used during weaving. However, it softens with washing over time. The unique texture that evolves with age is achieved through the careful warping and weaving techniques of Kurume Kasuri, which minimize tension. The "Indigo-dyed Plain" series, using nep yarn, has been a long-standing bestseller, made by Kurume Kasuri for generations.

[Indigo Dyeing]
The indigo dyeing of Kurume Kasuri continues to follow the labor-intensive traditional technique known as "fermentation dyeing." This process produces a range of subtle shades that can appear robust or elegant. During the Kamakura period, it became a custom for warriors to wear a type of indigo called "kachiiro" under their armor. Indigo was associated with good luck due to its flame-resistant, detoxifying, and blood-stopping properties, and the word "kachi" sounded similar to "victory." Indigo's resistance to pests made it valuable for mountain and agricultural work, and it was also treasured for bridal kimonos and bedding due to its pest-repelling properties. With excellent insulation and skin-friendly qualities, it's also ideal for baby clothing.

Vertical Threads: 30/2; Horizontal Threads: 12/1 Nep
Fabric Thickness: Slightly substantial
Warp Threads: Chemical Dye 100%; Weft Threads: Indigo Dye 100%
100% Cotton
Weaving Width: Approximately 38 cm
Finished with hot-water washing and sun drying (approximately 10% shrinkage, allowing for immediate cutting and sewing after purchase).
*In the case of deep navy color, the warp threads are chemically dyed 100% as opposed to indigo dyeing. Please note that this is due to multiple rounds of dyeing for deep navy, as three shades (dark, medium, light) are offered within the same price range. This is intended to enhance colorfastness for darker shades and due to considerations related to lot variations.

Sold in units of 6 meters.
The price listed is for a 6-meter unit.
Colors may appear slightly different between the actual product and the photographs.

Product Details

Content :
KURUME KASURI Fabric Aizen Donnava Blue Scrap



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Size & Weight

About 38 x 600cm / About 450g

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