Great Sources for Japanese Fabrics, not too expensive

SewingDiva
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I sew quite a bit and here are a two web sites with wonderful Japanese fabrics:

The International Fabric Collection has a good reputation as a source for beautiful traditional patterns. They have quite a good selection of Chirimen cotton and rayon, Yukata, Itaya and a whole lot more:

http://www.intfab.com/cgi-bin/cwp_category_listing.cgi?pid=&&cid=196&&aid=&&shopid=&&clog=&&cpass=&&cref=&&nest_expand=|0|&&nest_target=313

Report Depot has a more modern selection of Japanese fabrics, all are funny, campy and just beautifully printed:

http://www.reprodepotfabrics.com/alljaim.html

As Bronwyn points out one US "Fat Quarter" is enough for a furoshiki.

Enjoy!

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Re: Great Sources for Japanese Fabrics, not too expensive

Oh, wonderful! Some of those Japanese prints are gorgeous. I might have to do a bit of buying.

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For larger quantities

I've been buying mine from ryujapan through their ebay auctions.

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/ryujapan-99/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

You need to buy in bulk (usually 12 metres - roughly 13 yards) but the price is often under $20. Shipping costs will add just under $1 per yard.
So the final cost, including delivery, can be around $2.50 a yard, sometimes it can be cheaper, sometimes a dollar or so a yard more.
It makes a lot of sense as an alternative to buying 2 or 3 yards from the International Fabric Collection for something like Yukata print cotton.

All kinds of traditional fabrics come up periodically with ryujapan so you need to keep an eye out. I've had some great buys getting rolls and bolts in 12 and 20 metre lengths of absolutely gorgeous cloth and hand printed silks. Eventually they'll become kimono and yukata for a little girl - with matching furoshiki, of course!

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yukata fabric at $1 a yard (under $2 with delivery costs)

Ryu Japan just uploaded a load of yukata fabric bolts today.
These are 12 metres long (roughly 12 yards) and cost $12. Shipping is from $11.
This gets you 12 yards of cotton yukata fabric at under $2 a yard.

http://www.net-shinei.co.jp/antique_ryujapan/item/list.php?date=2009-09-...
Be aware that the bolts are selling out fast.

This vendor does get more of this kind of fabric periodically and they sell it on their own website as well as on ebay. Sign up to one of their newsletters if you're interested.

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Re: Great Sources for Japanese Fabrics, not too expensive

Anyone know where there is some manly fabric, and a pattern for men's kimono?

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Men's fabric

Hi Otaku

I've bought tanmono (bolts) for making male kimono from Ryu Japan also. Both in wool and in silk.
It's generally cheaper to just get a ready made man's kimono but my husband has a wide torso and very wide shoulders and muscly arms so that even kimono that are the right size for someone of his height don't fit him properly - the sleeves ride up when he bends his arms so that the sleeve ends finish up just below his elbow.
Eventually, I'll get around to making or commissioning kimono and haori that fit him. Although he is Japanese, a conventional pattern won't necessarily be enough for me to work out how to adjust the arms and torso so that it fits, I'll be doing some consulting before I begin. There must be a knack to tailoring kimono for wider bodies or Sumo wrestlers wouldn't look so good in wafuku! (I'll see how I get on with the patterns from this source first: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%81%8B%E3%82%8F%E3%81%84%E3%81%84%E5%B8%83%E3... - the book has patterns for boys but not for men)
If your measurements coincide with those of average sized Japanese men you might be better off just getting a second hand kimono. They will usually be fully lined and are often inexpensive, $30-$40. If you stick to kimono where the condition is described as excellent or 'mint', I'm sure you'll be very satisfied with your garment.

There is a website and forum used by many English speakers who make kimono called "immortal geisha". If you inquire there you will almost certainly get expert advice on men's kimono patterns as well as pointers to possible tanmono sources in North America.

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Re: Men's fabric

I am about 6'3" and have a 22" chest. That would make me a bit larger than the average Japanese guy. And I'm not Asian, I'm mixed European and Native American. I just like to be comfortable as I work from home. Back when I was a Martial Artist I liked wearing the Asian Robe-type clothing because of the comfort it provided even when I worked out and still when I was at rest. That's why I want this kind of clothing.

Well, that, and it looks pretty cool.

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Re: Men's fabric

A 22" chest would make you extraordinarily skinny! 42" maybe?

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Re: Men's fabric

I only measured width, not circumference. I'm actually of a below average weight for my country, and still out of shape. XD

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Re: Great Sources for Japanese Fabrics, not too expensive

At 1.91 metres and with a torso 55cm wide - yes, finding a second hand kimono of the right size would be difficult.

As you're quite slender you should be able to get basic measurements by figuring out the distance between one wrist and the other with your arms open wide. You'll also need to know the distance from one shoulder to the other. Kimono fabric bolts are generally 36cms across but some are wider. The kimonos are made up of four widths. Assuming you use at least 2cms on each side for seams, a 36cm wide bolt would allow you to make a kimono not much more than 128cms wide. This wouldn't be enough.

My inexpert guesstimate would require that you get hold of material that was at least 44cm wide.

Also, the standard measurement of 12metres length would probably be too short.

On the plus side, 20 metre long bolts are often found on sale cheaply. These are to make haori and kimono ensembles. I guess the trick would be to find a rogue extra wide 20 metre length fabric that was at least 44cms wide.

There's a company called Sou Sou
http://sousou-netshop.shop-pro.jp/
They have kimono fabric for about 25,000yen and will tailor an unlined kimono to your measurements for just under 14,000yen. If you're interested you can email them in English to see if they have anything suitable.

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