traditional fabrics

Samiro Yunoki’s Shibuya Home-Studio

Last month, Commune had the pleasure of visiting the home-studio of Samiro Yunoki in Tokyo. Born in 1922, Yunoki is still actively producing drawings and textile art. Most of his life has been spent living in this home in Shibuya. He is a master of a traditional Japanese stencil dying technique called katazome, or “dying from a form.” Speaking of his work in Idee Magazine, Yunoki believes that traditional crafts are “not just a decoration. The essence of traditional crafts is the solid motivation of artists backed by genuine skills and materials. So I think we should broaden the definition of art and call all the creation ‘art’ with no distinction between ‘fine art’ and ‘crafts.’”

BANDANA - Jamaica’s National Fabric and Folk Costume

Bandana cloth originated in far off Chennai, in Eastern India. However this light, inexpensive and cool cloth became a symbol of Jamaican national culture after the 1940’s. Bandana’s plaid patterns and colours along with several other symbols became associated with the traditions and heritage of the ordinary Jamaican people.

Prior to that, Bandana has long been associated with Jamaican working women. When India fell under almost complete British control in the 19th Century, the Madras cloth trade proved a cheap fabric for enslaved and Black working class women in the Caribbean. The cloth, however, was worn as a mark of pride and distinction, particularly among market vendors. 



A while ago someone pointed out the similarities between the Sudanese traditional fabric & a Guntiino and I see there’s another one as well, I also found a similar traditional cloth that Maasai warriors wear in Kenya.

Sudanese Toub (Picture 1 & 2)
Ugandan Kikoy (Picture 3 & 4)
Somali Guntiino (Picture 5 & 6)

anonymous asked:

The problem with your list of evidence against the fasting on Ashura is that you're only using Shia sources and you're using the opinions of your Imams, who have a vested interested in not fasting during Ashura, since of course you should be mourning instead. We can't take the word of an Imam over the word of the Prophet (PBUH), who has said: "Whoever wishes may fast on the day of 'Ashura'." Thus, it became optional, but a fast was allowed nonetheless.

Well, no. You are referring to the hadith in which the Prophet (saw) narrates that ‘’Whoever wishes may fast on the day of Ashura.’’ There are a few things that can be seen sceptical in this hadith.

First of all: It’s quite ironic that the Jews of Medina were following the Arabic calendar that time, whereas they had their own calendar. So there is no logic in saying that they fasted on the 10th of Muharram - unless it could be proved that this date always coincided with a Jewish day of fast. Also the idea that the Prophet (saw) may have fasted on Ashura because he saw the Jews fasting on that day is ridiculous. From that perspective, the Prophet (saw) copied the Jews for a practice and he was the one who invented it (not Allah), whereas belief in the Prophet (saw) behaving in such a manner is impossible. Think like this: The Prophet (saw) was sent with a religion to abrogate all previous religions and Shari'ah. How was it that he deigned to imitate the custom of the Jews?

Now let us look closely at these fabricated traditions:

Sahih Bukhari, Book 60, Volume 6, Hadith 202:
Narrated Ibn Abbas: ‘’When the Prophet arrived at Medina, the Jews were observing the fast on ‘Ashura’ (10th of Muharram) and they said: This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh, On that, the Prophet said to his companion: You (Muslims) have more right to celebrate Moses’ victory than they have, so observe the fast on this day.’’

Note: The Prophet (saw) came to Medina in the first year of the Hijra (622 AD). As for Ibn Abbas, he was born three years before Hijra (619 AD), which makes him four years old when the Prophet (saw) ‘supposedly’ said this hadith. It’s quite ironic that a child of such age experienced the event of Jewish fasting and can explain the whole event such accurately later on. In the Science of Hadith, the narration of a four-year-old boy is generally not accepted.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 58, Hadith 278:
Narrated Abu Musa: When the Prophet (saw) arrived at Medina, he noticed that some people among the Jews used to respect Ashura’ (i.e. 10th of Muharram) and fast on it. The Prophet (saw) then said: “We have more right to observe fast on this day”, and ordered that fasting should be observed on it.

Note: This man was not even present at the time when this so-called hadith was narrated. He was sent to Yemen by the Prophet (saw) to spread Islam. It is stated that there was no news of Abu Musa for more than a decade until following the conquest of Khaybar in the year of 628 (the seventh year after Hijra) when he came to Prophet Muhammad (saw) in Medina with more than fifty converts from Yemen including his two brothers Abu Ruhm and Abu Burdah. This was because the Prophet (saw) had sent him to Yemen to preach to his tribe. Hence, Abu Musa was not in Medina in the first year of Hijra, so how could he possibly narrate this hadith?

Sahih Muslim, Book 6, Hadith 2611:
Narrated Abu Hurairah: I heard the Prophet saying (saw) that ‘’The most excellent fast after Ramadan is God’s month, al-Muharram, and the most excellent prayer after what is prescribed is prayer during the night.’’

Note: Abu Hurairah also embraced Islam only some days before Khaybar  and was not seen during that time. He and Abu Musa came back from Yemen and joined the Prophet (saw) at Khaybar (which happened in the seventh year of Hijra), while the Prophet (saw) entered Medina in the first year of Hijra. How can you narrate a hadith when you yourself were not even there? Since Abu Hurairah and Abu Musa returned in Khaybar on 628 CE, it can be seen that they also weren’t present during the (Jewish) fasting issue.

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 221
‘’Abd al-Rahman reported that he heard Muawiya Ibn Abu Sufyan delivering a sermon in Medina, when he came there (for Hajj). He delivered a sermon on the day of Ashura and said: People of Medina, where are your scholars? I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say on this very day: It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah has not made fasting on This day obligatory for you but I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it may not observe it.’’

Note: Muawiya and his father Abu Sufyan became Muslims at the conquest of Mecca in the year of 630. How could he narrate a hadith from the Prophet (saw) seven or eight years before he became Muslim?

So now we come to the issue of when the Prophet (saw) entered Medina. The Holy Prophet (saw) did not enter Medina in Muharram. The Prophet (saw) entered Medina in Rabi al-Awwal. So if there was a fast that is supposed to be recommended, it shouldn’t be in Muharram, instead it should be in Rabi al-Awwal. It’s quite apparent that the narrators of the hadith in question confused the mathematics of the Calendar, which is why the fast (if it even exists), should be in the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

Despite all this, we see many people coming forward saying things like ‘’this is such an important Sunnah, we should follow this’’. You know what the irony of this is? No other Sunnah in the world has it being backed up with as much money as that which backs and encourages a fast on Ashura. See how many lectures, leaflets, articles etc. are produced annually on this matter, and how much money is made off of them. Have any of us ever seen leaflets or lectures as such about fasting in the month of Rajab? I certainly haven’t. But the tenth of Muharram, the printing press and photocopy machines all work at optimum efficiency. It’s ironic and sad at the same time. This shows that this is a political thing, originally designed to focus the attention away from the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as), and to consider it a blessed day. How can anyone stand on the Day of Judgment before the Prophet (saw) and consider the very day his Grandson was slaughtered, a blessed day?


  1. The Bani Umayyah were successful in bringing fabricated traditions in Sunni hadith books, even their most ‘Sahih’ books like Bukhari and Muslim.
  2. In name of these Umayyad’s fabricated traditions, they started denying/neglecting the Sunnah of Prophet (saw) i.e. his sorrow and his mourning the calamities of Imam Hussain (as).
  3. In name of these Umayyad’s fabricated traditions, they deny the sorrow of Ashura and want to replace it with joy and happiness and declare it Eid.

The entire Muslim community has one choice:

  1. Either celebrate Ashura by fasting and celebrating in allegiance to the Jews of Medina or
  2. Observe the calamity that befell the Pure Progeny of the Prophet (saw) in a solemn and somber manner.

I rest my case.

anonymous asked:

The Umayyads did not fabricate the tradition of fasting on Ashura, you're just reaching at this point. One can argue that some Shia traditions can be fabricated, but me not being a bigot, I won't make that argument. Watch your tone.

The problem here is that there is a history of politics behind the fast of Ashura. Killing the Grandson of the Prophet (saw) was a major crime, so the Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them) attempted to shift the focus of the people for the day of Ashura. Possessing power and money, they spread to the Muslims that Ashura is a blessed day. They did so by indoctrinating their people that on Ashura God saved Prophet Musa (as) and his people from the Pharaoh. He saved Prophet Ibrahim (as) from the fire of Nimrud. He cured Prophet Ayub’s (as) illness. He returned Prophet Yaqub’s (as) eyesight to him, and so on. To thank God for that blessed day, they encouraged the people to fast on Ashura.

On his own chain of transmission Shaykh Saduq narrates that Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as) said:

کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك
‘’The fast of the day of Ashura used to be observed before the Quranic verse about the fast of the Holy month of Ramadan, but after that it was discontinued.” [Reference: Man la Yahduruhu al-Faqih, vol. 2, p. 51, hadith 224; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 452, hadith 1].

On a side note: Sayed Ammar Nakshawani explained this perfectly in one of his lecture about the origin of fasting on Ashura. In the words of Sayed Ammar Nakshawani:

‘’We find in Islam that sometimes there is an event which may be changed depending on the circumstances. For example: The fasting of Ashura. It may have been orginally a fast about fasting on the tenth of any month but Imam al-Baqir (as) says: کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك  ‘When the fast came of the month of Ramadan, the fast of Ashura was made void’, meaning ترك which means it was completly stopped. There was no more fasting on Ashura. If we say Rasulullah (saw) did fast on Ashura, in the first year of Hijra, Imam al-Baqir (as) says: کان صومه قبل شهر رمضان، فلمّا نزل شهر رمضان ترك ‘As soon as the fast of Ramadan became wajib (the fasting became wajib in the second year of Hijra), then the fast of Ashura was stopped.’’

Kulayni has narrated that he asked Imam Muhamamd al-Baqir (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura. Answering his question, the Imam (as) said:

صوم متروك بنزول شهر رمضان، والمتروك بدعة
‘’This is a fast which was discontinued after the Quranic verse enacting the fast of the Holy month of Ramadan was revealed. Doing that which is abandoned is an act of innovation.’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 146, hadith 4; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 461, section 21, hadith 5].

The narrator (Kulayni) says: I asked this same question from Imam Jafar al-Sadiq’s (as) father, too. He gave the same answer as Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) and added:

أما انّه صوم يوم ما نزل به کتاب، ولا جرت به سنّة، الاّ سنّة آل زياد بقتل الحسين بن علي
‘’Beware! This is a fast about which no Quranic verse has been revealed and is not an observed way of conduct. It was only the way of conduct for the partisans of Ziyad when they killed al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as).’’

Kulayni again on his own chain of transmission narrates that Abd al-Malik said: “I asked Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) about fasting on the ninth day of Muharram and the day of Ashura.’’ Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said: ‘’The ninth day is the day when al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as) and his companions got besieged and surrounded by the enemy.

It was the day that the mounted soldiers of Sham were enlisted and brought to Karbala where they camped. Ibn Marjanah and Umar Ibn Sa’d (Curse of Allah be upon them) were very pleased because of the great numbers of mounted soldiers and considered al-Husayn (as) and his companions as weak. They believed that no help would come for al-Husayn (as) because the people of Iraq would not help him.

O my Father! May I be sacrificed for you, O you who were oppressed in a foreign land! Then, Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) continued: ‘’However, the day of Ashura is the day when al-Husayn Ibn Ali (as) fell to the ground (was Martyred) along with all his companions. Should fasting be observed on such a day? Never at all!’’

I swear upon the Lord of the Sacred House (the Kabah)! Such a day is not a day for fasting. That day is only reserved for sorrow and mourning that has been inflicted on the inhabitants of the skies and the earth altogether. It is a day of happiness and pleasure for the son of Marjanah and Ibn Ziyad’s partisans and the people of Sham.

Allah’s curse be on them and their offspring. The day of Ashura is a day when all the tombs and mausoleums of the earth except the tombs of Sham cry for al-Husayn (as). Therefore, Allah (swt) will unite on the Day of Resurrection anyone who fasts on that day or looks upon that day as a day of celebration with Ibn Ziyad and his partisans, discontent with a transformed heart.’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 147, hadith 7; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 459, section 21, hadith 2].

Kulayni also quotes from Jafar Ibn Isa that he said: “I asked Imam Ali al-Ridha (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura. I also asked his opinion about what people say about this fast.’’ The Imam (as) said:

 عن صوم ابن مرجانة تسألني
‘’You are asking me about the fast of the son of Marjanah?’’ [Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 146, hadith 5; Wasa’il al-Shi‘ah, vol. 10, p. 460, section [bab] 21, hadith 3].

On his own chain of transmission, Kulayni quotes from Zayd Narsi that he said: “I heard Ubayd Allah Ibn Zurarah asking Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) about fasting on the day of Ashura.’’ Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) replied saying:

من صامه کان حظّه من صيام ذلك اليوم حظّ ابن مرجانة وآل زياد
‘’The reward for anyone fasting on that day will be given to the son of Marjanah and Ibn Ziyad’s partisans.’’

 Zayd Narsi said: “I asked what the reward of fasting on that day is.’’ The Imam (as) replied:

النار، اعاذنا الله من النار، ومن عمل يقرب من النار
‘’The Fire, may Allah save us from the Fire. Anyone who fasts on the day of Ashura has made himself nearer to the Fire.’’ [Reference: Ibid, (meaning “same source as last time” or ‘’previous note’’) in Latin].

Abu Rayhan Biruni wrote in his book Al-Athar al-Baqiyah: ‘’..The Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them)  used to decorate and adorn themselves and hold festivities on the day of Ashura. They used to invite guests to participate in their happy celebrations. This custom was prevalent during their reign, and continued to exist even after their decline. On the other hand, the Shia’s used to mourn and weep and visit the Holy land, Karbala, where Imam al-Husayn (as) was killed.’’ [Reference: Al-Athar al-Baqiyah, p. 524].

So based on the above narrations we can say that there is no doubt that the Bani Umayyah (Curse of Allah be upon them) were behind all of this, and considering it as a blessed day is not an offence to us, the Shia’s, but an offence to Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his Holy Household (as).

I pray to Allah (swt) that He continues to allow us to spread the word of Imam Hussain (as) and that He continues to allow us to debate all these issues of controversy which seek to block the message of Imam Hussain (as).

twillitprince  asked:

Hey fabrickind! i have two questions in one ask if thats okay! First off I have a finished Ekko cosplay from League of Legends, but I'm looking to make the cylinder backpack thing he wears, but have no clue how to make it. Secondly, I'm looking to make a cosplay of Helix from Arms, but have no idea where to start other than a green bodysuit, any suggestions for the rest?

Hello there!

It’s hard to tell in the references I’m finding if this is transparent or opaque, so I’ll give advice on both.

If you want it to be opaque, a cardboard shipping tube would be a good base. These can be purchased at office supply stores and copy stores, or anywhere else they sell supplies for packing and shipping items. 

If you want it to be transparent,  I would use a clear plastic poster tube as a base. These often already have straps, so you’d be well on your way to the item. These tend to be thinner than this is depicted, though, so if you want something thicker, you may be able to find a tube used as packaging (even better if this is something recycled or scavenged), or you may be able to make a tube by rolling a sheet of clear, flexible plastic (like PETG) and using a plastic-safe glue to attach the ends together into a tube. You may also be able to find a clear plastic mailing or storage tube in the right dimensions.

For the decorations, craft foam/thin EVA foam would be a good option, as would your thermoplastic of choice. I would recommend adding the attachments for the strap (if your tube doesn’t already have them) around the tube before adding the decorations, so that the attachments are mostly hidden – I’d look into a strap around the circumference of the tube with a D-ring attached, with the straps firmly glued in place. Leather or faux leather straps or belts can be used for the shoulder strap. I would attach these with small clips (like you may have on the straps of a messenger bag) so that you can detach them from the tube if needed. Paint this all as needed and you’re good to go!

For Helix, you’re going to need a green bodysuit with a hood as a base, yes. I’d shape the hood like you were making something similar to a hazmat suit so that you can get that head shape – you may need to add some structure in there, such as another fabric, so that a spandex knit will sit that way – rather than contouring the hood to your head like a traditional hood. For fabrics, a green and yellow mystique would be lovely.

 For the magenta and cyan arms and head tuft, I’d use tubular crinoline (sometimes shortened to ‘tubular crin’), which is the material that cyber dreadfalls are made out of. This would get you the right kind of tubular neon look that you would need.

The arms are going to be tricky, since I assume that you have human arms and not DNA arms. To get the double helix look, you can apply yellow stripes to your sleeves, and then once you put the tubular crin around your arms (handsewn in place while the material is stretched), it should create the illusion of the double helix.

The hands are another challenge, and may end up being heavy, depending on what you use. Acrylic globes would be a decent option if you don’t mind the weight and expense and really wanted the translucent look. Paper mache is another good option if you want something lighter weight. Hollow styrofoam spheres (you can usually find hemispheres, so you’d have to attach them together) might be another option, but less than ideal. Paper lanterns would have a visible texture from the wires, but you can use a similar principle to make them lightweight and possible collapsable. You’d want to attach a handle bar that goes across the inside (so that your hands would fit inside and be hidden) no matter what material you use, but how you attach this would depend on the material. The detailing can be done again with either thin EVA foam or the thermoplastic of your choice.

For the chest harness, look into how leather chest harnesses for kink wear are constructed, since it is a very similar design. I’d do the four straps coming off of an O ring in the middle, and then attach the decorative plate with loops on the backside that the straps feed through. This will be stable without having to worry about the plate material holding tension or pressure.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

anonymous asked:

Do you fast on Ramadan or only on Muharram?

What type of question is this? Of couse we fast during the month of Ramadan. But why do you think that we would fast during the month of Muharram? It was the Bani Umayyah (may Allah curse them) who forced people to celebrate the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) as a blessed day, and encouraged people to buy and store their annual food on that day and to fast that day as a Sunnah, by fabricating traditions in this regard which were solely designed to overshadow and to cover up the great catastrophe of the slaughtering the Household of the Prophet (saw).



✶ Tailored Dress {Similar here} ✶ Boohoo Circle Crossbody Bag ✶ Old Bobble Beret {Similar here} ✶ Boohoo Tassel Ankle BootsEclectic Eccentricity Pendant ✶

Even though Bangalore doesn’t really have an autumn, it’s hard not to be inspired by all the cosy sweater weather looks of the season. Bangalore has three seasons - hot and dry, cold and wet, and a pleasant in-between state which passes for both autumn and winter. It never gets quite cold enough for sweaters, so I’m interpreting fall with dark florals and lots of black this year. Yes, I’m wearing black! Which is so unlike me, because it’s a colour I’ve avoided for years, almost a decade really. 

A long time ago, I used to hide in swathes of baggy black. Black was ‘slimming’, it was my armour. I spent my entire second semester as an undergrad in one single black kurta with my hair scraped back in a bun. As I started growing more comfortable with my body in my third year of Uni, I gradually began to phase black out of my wardrobe. Black was a reminder of my body hating days, a part of my teens and twenties that I wanted to leave far behind. I had a long way to go before I could feel neutral about black again, see it as just another colour in my wardrobe alongside my beloved jewel tones. 

I got this dress tailored last month with some Kalamkari fabric I picked up in Commercial Street. I’d stayed away from tailors for years as well, after some particularly horrendous fat shaming thanks to my last seamstress. I was finally convinced by my friend Ushshi to give tailoring another go, and I’m so glad I did! My current tailor is a kind, old gentleman with a very headmasterly aspect who puts me totally at ease. Ever since I’ve fallen in love with the bohemian aesthetic, I’ve found myself drawn towards traditional Indian fabrics and handicrafts too. It’s a roundabout route to take into my own culture, but I think that’s what being thirty-something is all about - reconnecting with the roots and parts of my self I’d been sundered from for so long. It’s a more reflective time, a contemplative one, a time to gather old threads and take stock of what I’ll pass on to the next generation. In a way, my 30′s are autumnal.

The circle bag and ankle boots are recent buys, from Boohoo who actually ship to India for a flat rate of £6.99! I’ve been looking for alternatives to ASOS after their lackluster performance with delivery this year, and so far, I’ve come up with Boohoo, New Look and River Island, which isn’t at all bad. The bobble beret is the same one I’d worn for my very first date with my fiance (6 years ago!) and the little puppo pendant is from Eclectic Eccentricity. It’s something I’d managed to break shortly after getting it in 2014 - and guess when I finally got around to repairing it? The day before yesterday, which speaks rather eloquently about my love of procrastination! 

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Top-7 Noel Fielding's outfits

1. Traditional vampire colours and fabrics

Love all combinations of maroon (or any other dark red shade) with black, but these baroquish velvet shirt paired with black denim skinnies are just irresistable.

As a bonus, easily transformed into Vlad the Impaler’s “uniform” supplemented with a cape and moustache:

2. Leopard print

Famous leopard coat with black cowboy hat and silver ankle boots. We’ve seen different outfits with this coat over the years, but in my opinion the one worn on NMTB is the most refined since black jeans and T-shirt underneath the coat make perfect undistracting background for it to grab full attention.

3. Sweet 40

I know it’s hard to believe, but yes, this interview was recorded to celebrate Noel’s 40th birthday. 

Can I simply say that I’m in love with that hairstyle? Quite possibly my absolute favourite. And it matches coat utterly great. Dark-blue jeans and boots complete the look perfectly well.

4. Look deep into the parka

Rather unusual almost casual look (except for the trademark gold boots) - but take a moment to appreciate colours match. Gray skinnies make the entire outfit seem solid, unobtrusively putting together green parka with ivory fur on the hood and yellow ties with gold boots.

5. Delicate victorian flower

Yet another NMTB outfit that wouldn’t let me sleep for days because I was enchanted with that shirt (nearly wrote “blouse”) from the first glance.

Floral print is one in a thousand in Noel’s wardrobe, but (again) traditional vampire colours make it work exclusively good.

6. It’s impossible to be unhappy in a poncho

Poncho time!

Among all Noel’s ponchos chose this one for it’s plain earthy colours and beautiful tribal ornament, which makes it easy to be matched with other pieces and even manage to look pretty casual.

7. Fashion diva

Since I on purpose didn’t include any Vince Noir’s (or other characters’ outfits) into this list, trying to focus on Noel’s personal wardrobe, I feel like I have to finish with something more epic… like a stunning gown he wore to the BFQOTY 2013.

Sure, it might look a bit shocking at first, but sooner or later you’ll see the beauty of this dress. I like the print and the length of it. And the black monkey fur compliments it very well. There’s nothing childlish about it. Purely gorgeous and, of course, Noelish. 

P.S. All choices are highly subjective. Please, feel free to add and share your personal favourites :)

winterpantsu  asked:

What's a good fabric paint to paint stripes on charmeuse fabric. I'm going as Patchouli Knowledge from Touhou for a con, and since her clothes are like pajamas I wanted to make them appear like such but her dress has vertical purple stripes and I haven't seen any white and purple striped silky fabrics..

Hello there!

For a fabric as flowy and buttery as charmeuse, I’d recommend a product like Dye-na-Flow rather than a traditional fabric paint. It can be painted on in thin layers, but it won’t change the texture of the fabric as much as a traditional fabric paint. You’ll need to mask off the stripes very well to prevent seepage – I’d recommend using a resist rather than a simple masking, as the paint seeps into the fibers like a dye rather than like a traditional paint. If you have an airbrush, this would be the best way to apply it, in very thin layers. This will be a lot of work, since you need the resist, but it will create the best texture.

Otherwise, any high-quality fabric paint would work, though keep in mind that the texture will change to a degree and get rid of some of the softness of the hand of the charmeuse. This will allow for crisper lines than the Dye-na-Flow, so it’s a tradeoff. (I’m about to embark on a costume myself where I need to paint stripes onto a silk charmeuse scarf, and I’m planning on using this method, though it’s also a smaller item than a whole dress.) Here’s a guide on choosing paints.

You may be able to find a suitable fabric online with a bit more searching, as well. Try as many keywords as you can think of (purple and white, lavender and white, lilac and white, etc., satin, charmeuse, silky, silk, etc.) in different combinations (lavender and white striped satin, lavender and white striped charmeuse, purple and white striped satin, etc.). It appears that purple and white striped tablecloths made of satin-like materials are common, which you may be able to use if you can work around the size issue and it’s high enough quality, and I found this fabric on Etsy with a quick search.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff