We salvaged these vintage Japanese kimono fabric sleeves from kimono that were too damaged to sell for wearing or display.
Sleeve #1 has a large golden brown and plum floral motif where the painters brushstrokes are strong and sure. Silk. Lined.
Sleeve #2 has an overall kaneko shibori dot pattern in white on plum. Silk. Lined.
Sleeve #3 has a beautifully stenciled floral in plum on cream. Silk. Lined.
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 video links to learn more about shibori and 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.