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Date: 7/31/11 8:29 AM

has anyone ever heard of japanese silk?

theres this garment I want to buy soo I can copy the pattern(can't get close enough to see how to make it) and its made of japanese silk.

thats all it says.

how is japanese silk different from others?

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Date: 7/31/11 12:12 PM

please post a link to the garment, we may know a similar pattern. There are many kinds of silk used in Japan.

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Date: 7/31/11 1:45 PM

Silk caftan

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Date: 7/31/11 2:07 PM

Something kind of like this? Vogue caftan

That pattern recommends lightweight satin. So you could use silk charmeuse or crepe back satin. Something with drape would work best.

The photo you posted looks like it could be either of those.

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Date: 8/1/11 1:28 AM

In some parts of Asia, "Japanese silk" often refers to polyester fabric. I've encountered a variety of "silky" polyesters described as Japanese silk.

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Date: 8/1/11 1:52 AM

The term, "Japanese silk," unless defined at the website, is meaningless. For centuries, many countries have done silk processing, and no country, as far as I know, has a proprietary technique. What is this outfit trying to say? Ask them.

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Date: 8/1/11 1:52 AM

Duplicate post.
-- Edited on 8/1/11 1:53 AM --

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Date: 8/1/11 4:00 AM

okay, that clarifies quite a bit. well I know the outfit is supposed to be like exquisite feeling overgarment thats very drapey and sophisiticated in an big kaftan sort of way. thanks for all the info. i appreciate it.

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Date: 8/1/11 10:07 AM

You can make this caftan by following the instructions in the linkFarasha Abaya but not using attached sleeves as in the model, and making the whole thing several inches longer. For extra luxury, increase the width of the bottom.

The pattern that Debbie helpfully suggested is a fine one, but you wil not get the same result. It has seams.

You will need most likely 4 yards of 60" wide fabric, more if you are very tall.

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Date: 8/1/11 11:48 AM

Given the price for that abbaya that Calendria linked to, it looks like it must be poly, not silk, or if silk, then something like lightweight habotai. Most silk is not available in 60" width, for some reason.

I have to say that I don't understand why those seams were added in the Chado caftan. They don't seem to have a purpose other than adding to the complexity of the project! The Chado line seems to make a point of adding pointless detail to perfectly simple things.

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