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Looking for Japanese fabric

LBridal | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hello:  First time user!  I am desperate!  I have been looking for a wholesaler or retailer in the U.S. or Japan that carries traditional kimono fabric, primarily silk, silk brocade, silk jacquard, embroided silk, etc..  One primary textile district in Kyoto Japan is known as Nishijin.  I have found many web sites that carry vintage kimono and obi as well as other items, but none have been able to tell me where I can purchase “new” traditional Japanese kimono fabric.  Can someone lead me in the right direction?………Thank you.  


  1. diday | | #1

    You indicate you've found many web sites that carry vintage kimono and obi, but none can tell you where to purchase "new" traditional Japanese kimono fabric.

    Threads magazine issue May 2006 Number 124 has a Vintage Kimono, Fine Fabrics, article on the back cover, as well as a list of sources for vintage kimono fabrics on page 14.

    Here are just a few of the results from "japanese silk fabric" search on google.com:

    Silk Road Fabrics

    Japanese Fabrics Australia

    Oriental Brocade

    1. LBridal | | #2

      Thank you very much for your help.  I believe I have been on all three web sites and the kimono fabrics have not met the conditions required to make the different wedding kimonos I have planned.  I will do some more searching on each site and have e-mailed them for more information.  Again........THANKS!

  2. SewNancy | | #3

    I don't really know what the fabric you are looking for looks like, but leandrofabrics.com carries Japanese fabrics. Cotton and silk.
    They are expensive, but take a look.

    1. LBridal | | #5

      Thank you very much.  I will check them out.......Loretta

  3. Kilroywashere | | #4

    these folks were at the Sew Expo in Puyallup:


    1. LBridal | | #6

      Thank you very much.  I will check them out..........Loretta

  4. hera | | #7
    If I were you, I'd try Japanese cultural programs, trade organizations and diplomatic posts (embasseys, consulates). I have no idea where you live, but I'm thinking of Asia House in NYC, the nearest consulate, Japanese societies, and the Japanese Dept.s at your nearest Universities.
    Most countries are concerned right now regarding import quotas on textiles, trade balance and so forth. If you don't get anywhere through your usual sewing/crafts organizations, boy I'd sure contact my congressman or even the state department. Don't waste your time. You're a taxpayer and you pay for these services.

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