Japanese Kasuri Indigo Ayaka

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Ayaka is medium-weight cotton with a soft and strong structure but not stiff. I like the way this design creates a modern and minimal style even though it's made with a traditional age-old technique. I feel the need to inspect every little aspect of the delicate white threads running in one direction through this indigo cloth that has an interesting texture because of the nepping technique used, which is quite unique to this cloth. I could see this fabric in most clothing styles particularly light jackets or trousers and structured dresses. The consistent quality in the craftsmanship ensures you're getting a very high-grade cloth for your garment making!

I feel quite honoured to stock these very exclusive Japanese textiles. Our Kasuri collection is made by skilled craftsmen based in what is considered the last remaining factories in Fukuyama city in the Hiroshima province of Japan. So much skill and attention to detail are woven into every fibre of this fabric. While preserving designs that have been handed down through generations.

Kasuri means fibres dyed specifically to create patterns in Japanese. This exclusive Kasuri is produced on old-fashioned 1950s shuttle loom weaving machines, where they 'weave cloth slowly' and I bet it sounds amazing! While the vintage machines are running, the persimmon juice-dyed threads are 'dropped in' by hand. It's similar to an Ikat technique, where the warp and weft threads interlace forming patterns within the fabric. During the weaving process, the cloth's nep also has an irregularity which is intentional, for that non-uniform look. You get the precision of well-built engineering combined with the unparalleled skill of the operator - who creates beauty like an artist playing an instrument.

These fabrics are made in a similar way to selvedge denim with a distinctive quality feel like no other. Such fabrics are not mass-produced and will stand the test of time allowing the wearer to develop their own custom item. Completely made of cotton the dyes used are organic coming from natural indigo and persimmon juice. Kasuri will soften over time with wear and will develop a beautiful and natural fade just like Japanese denim. 


100% cotton, natural indigo, handcrafted in Japan

119 cm wide

Cool gentle wash, max 30, dry flat, no tumble dry


Flat rate shipping - both UK and International.
Same price regardless of weight or quantity.
• UK - Royal Mail Tracked - 2 to 4 Working Days £5.95
•  Europe - EU - Royal Mail Tracked - 3 to 14 Working Days £14.95 
• Worldwide - Royal Mail Tracked - 3 to 14 Working Days £24.95 
Please note you may have to pay your country's tax or duties, this is not the responsibility of Faberwood.