Vintage handwoven yarn-dyed fabric – VTG-F-009
100% handwoven yarn dyed cotton fabric.
These fabrics were made largely as part of the dowry for girls when they got married decades ago. It carried good wishes and good fortune for them into their new stage of life. Nevertheless, usually, the fabric was woven by skilled long-life seniors in the family to pass heritage, knowledge and fortune to younger generations. So they have been preserved for years as part of family treasure.
They are unused, earthy and eco friendly. Uniquely hand spun, hand dyed from plant dyes and hand woven on home looms in the 1920’s – 1980’s. Simply stunning and earthy!
These fabrics are kind to the skins and our environment because the traditional hand making process had no chemicals involved. People in the old days appreciated indigo’s antimicrobial characteristics and odor resistance. Samurai, for example, wore indigo-dyed fabric under their armor to keep wounds from getting infected, and early firefighter jackets were dyed with indigo, as the indigo dye itself is flame retardant up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Regarding some properties of these vintage fabric:
- 100% cotton.
- natural plant hand dyed, hand spun and hand woven.
- Due to the limitations of home weaving looms, the width of these vintage fabrics range between 30cm to 70cm.
- Some of my clients described these fabrics as thick. So I checked. Yoko Saito’s Centenary fabric is approx. 130g/sq m whereas these fabrics are approx. 230g/ sq m. (This is a general description of these fabrics. Each roll was uniquely made so properties can vary from roll to roll.)
- Patterns of fabric can be simple stripes or checks or abstract symbols with good wishes. Plain and pleasant to the eyes and easy to use in any projects.
- Every step of weaving was carried out by hand and some imperfections may occur which just will add uniqueness to these handcrafted textiles.
Care: Hand wash or gentle machine wash only. Dry in shed.
Store in rolls away from the sunlight if not used in a while.
Inspiration of use (finished goods in pic’s are examples of use of these fabrics):
- Pillowcase, cushion cover, table runner, curtain, wall hanging, tote bag etc
- And much more!