We salvaged these vintage Japanese kimono fabric sleeves from kimono that were too damaged to sell for wearing or display.
Sleeve #1 is a black and red weave that creates a both a diamond grid and a fishnet pattern. Quite interesting. Synthetic. Unlined.
Sleeve #2 is a soft silk with a diamond grid pattern, each cell bordered with a finely drawn edging and filled with squares and crosses. Tiny red and black checkerboard squares separate the larger diamond shapes. Mostly likely created with a katagami stencil. Silk. Lined.
Sleeve #3 has a subtle woven jacquard pattern in very shiny red. Silky feel but synthetic. Unlined.
Where do they come from? We deconstruct damaged, plain or just-too-funky-to-wear garments and use most of that fabric for our Japanique Boutique line of gift and accessories, but we save the sleeves for you!
Each sleeve length varies from 14"-24" but open the seam to double that length. See photos for size of each sleeve. Most are lined (bonus fabric!). We try to note any significant defects in the photos but other slight blemishes are possible. Vintage kimono fabrics are best for piecework in case imperfections need to be worked around.
See video below where Nancy explains the how and why of our Sleeve Sets, as well as a video link to learn more about katagami.
Check out the books we recommend from our library, or browse through our Pinterest boards for project ideas: Fashions from Kimono, Kimono Craft, Kimono Quilts, or click here to see all of our Kyoto and kimono-related Pinterest boards.