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Tsumugi Cotton Fabric, Sumi Black

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Olympus, Japan, developed this affordable cotton version of the expensive traditional Japanese Tsumugi silk fabric. The colours, especially the lighter colours, have the earthy muted slightly irregular colouring which the original process would have created. The fabric feels and looks like a soft cottony silk.

Use this light weight woven fabric for quilting, applique, clothing and stitching. It has soft drape, is colourfast, and preshrunk.

How to order the amount you need:

The fabric is 44" wide. Order the length you need in increments of 10". In other words, if you order 1 you will receive  10" long by 44" wide, if you order 2 you will receive 20" long by 44" wide, if you order 3 you will receive 30" long by 44" wide. You fabric will be sent in one uncut length.

What is tsumugi cloth?

Olympus manufacturing, Japan, explains tsumugi fabric as follows:    "An obsolete, costly, narrow Japanese silk fabric made in the following fashion: first, a coarse cloth is woven with cotton wrap and thick silk filling; second, this fabric is run through a dye vat several times; third, it is buried in the ground until the cotton warp has rotted; lastly, the silk is rewoven into a fabric. The result is a mottled design produced by un-dyed places in the silk yarn where the cotton warp prevented dye penetration. Olympus developed a cotton fabric similar to the true Tsumugi."

This Olympus tsumugi  cotton fabric is a dyed yarn shot cotton. Shot cotton fabrics are made by using two colours of yarn (thread), one for the warp, a second colour for the weft. These yarns are dyed before the fabric is woven resulting in a saturated colour and the distinctive slightly mottled appearance