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Tsumugi Cotton Fabric


Tsumugi fabric has an interesting history. You can read a description of how the original cloth was made further down in this description. The fabric shown here is made by Olympus, Japan, to replicate the original antique tsumugi fabric.  It is an expensive, quality, fabric with a nice drape and distinctive appearance. The colors are unusual and muted. 

Use tsumugi fabrics alone, or pair them with our Olympus momen wagara fabrics, and with sashiko ready-to-stitch designs printed on tsumugi or on momen fabrics.  Suitable for quilting, applique and stitching, they also drape beautifully when made into blouses, dresses, and light jackets.

Order by the half meter lengths (19" x 44" wide). Eg. 1 unit will be 1/2 meter, 2 units will be 1 meter and so on. Your fabric will be sent in one continuous piece, up to 5 meters. I've included a photo with the the deep red and navy blue tsumugi fabric colors that we have pre printed with sashiko designs. Look in our pre printed sashiko section for these.

Here is the description I promised of how the original Tsumugi fabric was made:

"Tsumugi is an obsolete, costly, narrow Japanese silk fabric made in the following fashion: first, a coarse cloth is woven with cotton warp and thick silk weft; 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 undyed places in the silk yarn where the cotton warp prevented dye penetration." Olympus developed a 100% cotton fabric similar to the true Tsumugi using a soft black warp and colored weft. 

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