You might have to come back more than once to eyeball and drool over the upcoming Kahaner vintage trims that I am finally putting up for destash (for now, only on Facebook closed group of Aussie Beaders Destash & Swap). If you are an early bird/reader, you might not see much. Unlike the normal post, this goes live before it is complete. This will be a piece meal affair. I will add photos, one by one, as and when I complete photographing and listing each Kahaner vintage beaded trimming.
I have had these magnificent trims for ever so many years. And if you Google search, you will find why I have hang on to them so tenaciously. It is virtually impossible to find any!! So I have caressed, moo-moo-eyed, whispered sweet nothings to my beloved vintage lace, trims, tassels, and stash for many years. What I have not done is to make use of them. I could not bear it.
However as my life moves along, I know that it is better to let these go (or some of it) to someone(s) out there. I am sure there must be cluey people who will appreciate, value, treasure, and maybe even creatively employ these extraordinary vintage beaded trims and braids.
Sol Kahaner & Bro.
Sol Kahaner & Bro. was successfully run by 2 brothers, Sol and Hy Kahaner. The company, Sol Kahaner & Bro. no longer exists as far as I know. I cannot find information on their dissolution. However I did read about it years ago. Apparently the House of Kahaner produced magnicent and much sought after trims in their heyday. I did find a number of old newspaper archives to prove this point.
“Up to (USD)$30 a yard for a two-inch band of glitter isnt unusual … the (Kahaner) trim is made with rhinestones from Austria, pearls from Japan, beads and bugles from Czechoslovakia and sequins from the United States.”
Kahaner Vintage Trims (beaded)
All these trims and tassels are believed to have been produced in the 1950s/60s or even earlier.
The first beaded vintage trim is the 2cm (approximate) wide fully beaded soft trimming in silver lined beades, silver foiling, and pearls.
This next one shows much metallic embellishment and work. I find the crystals a treasure as they are NOT moulded. Each of them are cut crystals with lovely crisp edges.
Today we have the very highly unusual vintage acrylic plastic beaded trimmings. Vintage acrylic beaded trimmings are much harder to find than glass or even the crystal versions.
Today I think I will post and list at least 2 vintage trims. This first one is a vintage open-work trim. In some parts, it is a little bit fragile but the whole trim is so delightfully soft and pliable. I believe they are made of nylon beads and thickly silver-lined glass beads. Delightful to feel and hold.
This next vintage trimming with faceted glass drops is rather exquisite. The drops have crisp cut edges. They are not moulded. The seed beads on the braid sits on a most unusual curvy bead base. Edged with pearly long oval beads. The width, including the drop, is about 4cm.
This vintage beauty really deserves more than one detailed photo. So I have 2 photos for this one.
Love the next set of vintage trims as well. They encapture both the vintage as well as modern edgy feel. Maybe I should just say vintage-modern? Still in very good condition.
While I love and adore all of my precious Kahaner vintage trims, I am now getting to some of the ones I really ADORE. Today
Kahaner Vintage Trim in White and Silver with White Hearts and White Cut Crystal Dangles. Very soft and pliable trim. All hand sewn. As always, when using, I recommend rethreading through all the thread pathways for extra strength and security.
Vintage Acrylic Nylon trimming. Central cluster. Zig Zag edging. 5cm wide.
Today I have the full bodied black vintage trim. A cluster of black, flat, shinny sequins with faceted drops (acrylic/nylon). Width is 4cm, inclusive of drop.
I am reaching the end of my fabulous vintage trim collection. Today, this superb double lined trim is one of my very, very favourites. It is, as with all the Kahaner vintage trimmings, all hand sewn. This trimming boasts of double lining on the back – presumably for easier and better attachment and use? It is full bodied made of vintage silver lined seed beads and faceted round discs with rainbow effect. I think the discs are acrylic.
This is the last of the vintage trimmings with full beading I am going to display here. I think so. Unless I have a hidden and forgotten box somewhere. And that is always possible!
This is probably my most, most favourite, my All Time Treasure. My educated guess would be that it is made of MOP (Mother of Pearl) drop discs (of a nice thick size) and cut rivoli crystal drops in Jet black. All hand-sewn of course. And the backing is soft .. it looks like velvet cording. Very Very Nice! And that really is an understatement.
Vintage Tassels & Fringes
Note: If you are an early visitor to this on-going page, I haven’t finished with the Kahaner vintage trims yet I will start doing some lovely, spunky, jazzy long fringed tassels.
Tassels and fringes were extremely popular especially in the 1920s and 1930s. They made a huge revival in the 1960s in hippie-ponchos, tops and skirts.
Tassels and fringes are perhaps most associated with flapper dresses which were all the rage in the 1920s-30s. And once again, tassles in all its many forms and uses are making a delightful, welcomed comeback today.
They are used on dresses, cushions, bags, drop tassels, home decor and of course, jewelry.
To start my to-be-destashed vintage tassels range: the long 20cm Emerald Green fringe tassel probably manufactured between 1920 – 1950s.
Today, the rich golden hues of Marigold: long, looped, soft, jazzy tassel.
More coming … watch this post!