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A Tangle of Indigo Dyed Kasuri Yarns

Written on July 11, 2013

KasuriYarns1Today I’m showing a jumble of gorgeous, indigo dyed cotton kasuri yarns which probably date to the mid-twentieth century.  They are sitting on a sashiko stitched, kasuri dyed cotton furoshiki much like this one.  Kasuri is a weaving technique which uses yarns that are tied in strategic areas before they are dyed.  The tied areas remain white; the untied areas drink in the dye.

KasuriYarns1a This very specific tied resist dyed yarn, when woven, will create a pattern, something like the one seen here.

KasuriYarns1bMost likely these yarns are from Kurume, a city on Kyushu island that is well-known for its distinctive kasuri weaving.  Kasuri is the Japanese term for the more widely known ikat.

KasuriYarns1cOnce I get these untangled I am going to offer them on the webshop, but I wanted to give you a preview here first.  I thought these yarns are visually interesting enough not to need much commentary–I think I’m right.

 

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  1. Comment by velma:

    i love that yarn–

    July 13, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  2. Comment by Elizabeth:

    Gorgeous. I would buy that.

    July 16, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  3. Comment by Stephen:

    Elizabeth, the yarns are for sale. If you’d like more information please contact me at stephen(at)srithreads(dot)com

    July 16, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  4. Comment by janice jordan:

    wonderful yarns–
    where on the webshop?
    thanks-
    J

    July 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

  5. Comment by Stephen:

    They’re not on the webshop, Janice. I’m offering them offline. Please let me know if you’d like more information. Thank you.

    July 17, 2013 @ 2:34 pm