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110-OHSHIMA-2: Rare Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Pongee Silk,Bulk

110-OHSHIMA-2: Rare Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Pongee Silk,Bulk
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Catalog#: 110-OHSHIMA-2 

This product is the same as 110-OHSHIMA,
but with some lighter color kimonos

1960's to Present:
   Rare Japanese Textiles: 
Ten Pounds Ohshima Tsumugi  Silk Kimonos

US$9.00 per pound
Minimum Order: 10lbs US$90.00 + Shipping

Item Details and Description

These long vintage kimonos which were made in Kagoshima prefecture, on Amami Island, Japan; These type kimono fabrics are called Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) silk. These packages of 10 pounds will have about 7 long kimonos sold as cutters; When taken apart, there are 70-80 yards (64-73 m) of the ohshima tsumugi fabric (count of lengths of kimono liners are not included in this total); widths are typical 14-15 inches (35.56-38.1 cm). These are all from 1960’s to more recently; many are good enough to wear, but basically sold as cutters for use as fabric.

The designs of this type fabric are the same on both sides: designs composed by varying pixelated looks (composed of tiny dots /shapes via interweaving of dyed threads); the Ohshima weave produces a variety of sometimes petite tortoiseshell or tiny hexagonal or geometric designs in a grid formation; From a distance, some kimonos look solid, but upon close inspection, they have these tiny interwoven designs (See close-ups), in grids throughout the fabric. Pictures shown are SAMPLES of the type and colors in each package, which will be unique.

Colors:  Packages are darker colors Ohshima and some lighter shade colors.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

 Recommended:  Amami Ohshima tsumugi silks are popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors, as well as preferred by quilters and others with projects requiring smaller patterns (interwoven).


There are other types of older Ohshima Tsumugi silk than this type shown here; those older tsumugi silks involve using mud, indigo and grass in the dyeing process. Those types are from before the  1960s and are less often found -- and much more expensive. We sell them elsewhere on our website when we find them.

To learn about the older Ohshima textiles, there are details on that aspect of Japan's special pongee silk-making process which can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website. The site explains the natural plant dyes and mud  etc. used in making older (1950s and earlier) Ohshima Tsumugi silks, quoted here:

Characteristics: A plain woven silk fabric with pre-dyed scoured threads both for warp and weft. The color is refined and calm and the fabric is soft and difficult to wrinkle. Threads are dyed with plant dyes such as "Techiki" (Raphilolepis umbellata) and indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) with a technique, peculiar only to "Oshima Tsumugi," called "Ori Jime." As a variety, an additional treatment is made to the dyed thread by dipping them in muddy water. It is "Doro(mud) Zome(dyeing)." There are several kinds of "Oshima Tsumugi":"Doro Oshima," "Ai(indigo) Oshima," "Doro Ai Oshima," "Iro(color) Oshima" and "Natsu(summer) Oshima."

Below: Hand-made purse using 1930's Doro Ohshima tsumugi silk, made by Fumi Sakanashi, YokoDana KImono's owner's sister, an award-winning quilter in Japan. The Doro Ohshima (mud-dyed) is the center patterned portion on both sides, with the solid areas and handles being new; shown in pictures below:

handmade purse, 1930s Doro-Ohshima fabric1
handmade purse, 1930s Doro-Ohshima fabric2
$ 90.00

110-OHSHIMA-2: Rare Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Pongee Silk,Bulk