The quantities we purchase of vintage fabrics are very small, enough generally to make one kimono. The fabrics were made specifically for making kimonos, so are limited in length and width. That allows us to produce no more than 5-6 bow ties, 5-6 pocket squares and maybe one scarf from a single piece of fabric. Unless we are lucky, each piece of fabric is a one-of-a-kind, once it and the pieces made from it are gone, it will not be available again.
Some of the fabrics are very special in the techniques used to produce them and even more rare in the motif, color or pattern of design (IE certain Oshima Tsumugi). You will see a dramatic increase in the price in such case. These are fabrics that easily sell for thousands of dollars per yard in today’s market for contemporary versions. They are national treasures and are among the top finest silks in the world.