Kokka Fabric is a lifestyle brand one of the most iconic Japanese textile companies in the industry. Japanese import fabrics used to be difficult to find and had a sort of cult following. Their fabric is getting more accessible and they have some fabulous substrates to sew with to get outside of the quilt cotton box. Here is a glimpse of what they have to offer and a peek at their awesome and unique aesthetic (it goes way beyond Hello Kitty, but yes, they have that too!).
Double gauze is two fine layers of lightweight cotton, woven on a loom at the same time (double weave), with individual threads that join together at intervals to form a two ply cloth. The finished fabric is lightweight and drapey, but still substantial enough to incorporate into quilts, garments and fashion accessories. Lauren has a great post on sewing with double gauze here.
Nani Iro is a Japanese label for Kokka designed by Naomi Ito. Her prints have a beautiful watercolor quality that look like pieces of artwork that don’t need to be assembled into a finished sewing project. They lend well to simple design and minimal structure, which means easy sewing with a lot of gratification!
Cotton/Linen Canvas is another substrate that Kokka has mastered. Cotton is easy to work with and the addition of linen adds texture and makes for a sturdy fabric. This blend is great for bags and home decor projects.
The Echino label by Etsuko Furuya features vibrant colors and graphic natural elements. Her aesthetic is very modern and artsy. Her prints also work well together in each consecutive line making Echino a great stash fabric for enthusiastic bag sewists!
Cotton sateen is one of the newest substrates I have worked with from Kokka. Sateen has a silky polished surface that is created in the weaving process. It is a smooth, drapey fabric that sews like quilt cotton but looks absolutely delicious sewn into special garments.
The Echino label has a large selection of cotton sateen prints. I can’t wait to see what comes out next with this fabric!