Northeast Fiber Arts Center

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Silk Fabric

Two types of silk fabric are available here: chiffon and paj - pictured lower left and upper right, respectively. I purchase bolts of both of these in white as 54" width bolts and then I hand dye it here. Paj (some call this china silk or habotai) is a bit heavier at 4.5 - 5 mm (depending on what is in stock) and has more sheen than the Chiffon (called gauze by some) which is typically 3mm-4 mm.

chiffon Paj

When I hand-dye, I dye for 4 different effects which I picture and describe on this page. Please note that the nature of hand dyeing is that no two pieces are ever exactly alike. And I don't update photos when I dye new batches because it is, well, too much work. So the photos below give you a close idea of what each colorway I dye looks like, but if you order your piece will not be exactly as that pictured.

Both types of silks are also available in white for you to dye. The white is priced $9.99/yard

Both the paj and chiffon are 54" wide to start - tho' I notice they lose a bit in the dye process so you might count on them being in the 48-50" width. This is a lot wider than most, so keep that in mind when you are comparing prices here with elsewhere!

This is sold by the yard (no halves or quarters, sorry). I generally dye the pieces in 6-8 yard lengths, so if you order 10 yards of a color, it will not be from the same dye bath.

I dye a lot more colors than you'll see pictured here. I only have time to photograph a few and post them online. If you're interested in a color that you don't see below, you can always call the store and whomever is working can tell you what we have and then if there are a few others you might be interested in we can send you photos of those by email for you to decide on.

Choose the type of silk and the color below and in the "cart" you can input your quantity.

Silk Garden

silk silk
pumpkin spice, teal

silk silk
oak, blues

gunmetal (scroll up for mossy, raisin, teal, etc)


White, undyed: $9.99/yd for 54" width


Tonals Price: $15.99/yd

Type of Silk

Mottled Price: $15.99/yd


Gradient Price: $16.99/yd


Shibori: Price $17.99/yd



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Tonal - this is pretty solid in just 1 color. It is hand-dyed and not commercial so there will be some variation in the fabric, but as you see it is just 1 color (this color happens to be "kiwi". Priced: $15.99/yard

Mottled - these pieces are dyed with multiple colors and sometimes look more like Italian marble the way the colors blend/bleed. I have 5 or 6 store favorites that I repeat with each dyeing and then each time I dye I also go with whatever inspires me at the moment and so every couple of months there are completely new and different colorways as well. If one of the listed colors doesn't interest you, call us and whomever is here can tell you what other colors are currently available (the two pictured here are "mossy glen" -this is much more olive green than this photo would lead you to believe - and "raisin". Priced: $15.99/yard

gradientgradientGradients - ombres" is another term for these. I dye these pieces so the fabric grades from 1 color to another and then finally a third or fourth - each color completely filling the width of the fabric so you end up with bands of color and between each color, the blend of the two on each side. These take longer to dye and so are more

shaborishabori silkshabori silk
Shibori - OK...this is not the intricate shibori some dyers do and the Japanese are famous for! That is WAY TOO time consumming for me to dye to sell and I don't have that level of sophistication in this technique, but the pieces I offer here use a shibori technique to create some interesting zig-zags, rings, polka dots, etc in the silk and they can be fun to nuno felt. Becuase these take even more time and effort to achieve than the "gradients", they are even more per yard: Priced: $17.99/yard,