Holy Grail…

It’s Valentine’s Day, so let’s talk about love. Or rather, lust. There’s this fabric I lust after… And I probably will never get it. It doesn’t exist as far as I know, and I suppose I could have it custom woven, but I’m terrified of what the cost would end up being. But, oh, what I wouldn’t do for 10 yards of something like this:

Detail of ikat silk taffeta from a gown in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Detail of ikat silk taffeta from a gown in the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

I know the cheaper alternative would be to digitize a pattern and upload it to Spoonflower, but I’m a purist. And Spoonflower doesn’t print on taffeta. So, this will remain my holy grail fabric and I will quest for it endlessly until it is mine. Which will probably be never, since I seem to have an issue with wanting a specific type of fabric and then being unable to ever find it.

What’s your holy grail in costuming?

12 Responses to Holy Grail…
  1. bauhausfrau says:

    It’s one of mine too! Periodically I go on long Google quests for ikat fabrics and damn, there really is nothing like the 18th C stuff out there, not in silk anyway. Then I start pondering trying to get someone in India to custom weave this stuff…

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Was just looking at that dress last nigh in “Fashion.” Wonder if the pattern could be painstakingly dyed?

    • It could be painted, I suppose. If I had access to the old dye lab at UC Davis I’d consider trying to reproduce it with textile paints, but I just don’t have access to the necessary set up any more. :P

  3. Bess hilver says:

    Velvet in a very specific shade of blue to match perfectly a gorgeous silk satin I have – and yes this is for a particular gown as you know. *sigh*

  4. Kendra says:

    Yeah, if Spoonflower printed on taffeta, I’d be ALL OVER THAT!

  5. Similar fabric to the red and silver (possibly screen printed..) silk used in Queen Margot

  6. Evis says:

    Since Martin Ciszuk had his accident and the brain damage doesn’t seem to go away, I wonder if Duran Textiles ever will. After all, he was the weaver in the partnership.
    And a really, really nice guy who always shared his research and good teacher on our courses – I miss him.

  7. PatW says:

    That was my favorite piece in the KCI show we had at FIT. I have managed to purchase a few saris that have similar painted warps, (patola) but the fabric is an organza type silk. Perfect for dolls, not so much for big girls.

  8. Katy says:

    My costuming holy grail is the turquoise stripey dress from Self Portrait With A Harp by Rose Adelaide-Ducreux.

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