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.
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Use this light weight woven fabric for quilting, applique, clothing and stitching. It has soft drape, is colourfast, and has no significant shrinkage. You can find pre-printed ready to stitch sashiko panels in this identical fabric by clicking here.
Order by units as follows: 1 unit will be 1/4 meter (10" X 44"), 2 units will be 1/2 meter (19 3/4" X 44" ), 3 units will be 3/4 meter (29 1/2" X 44"), 4 units will be 1 meter (39" X 44") and so on. Your fabric will be sent in one continuous piece.
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