Miscellaneous Antique Japanese Textiles

5548: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard

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Catalog# 5548

1960s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles: 
OhshimaTsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm

Length: 1 yard / .91 m

US$10.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

Found in full roll, bearing authenticating maker's mark woven into start ofthe roll; This is a  lightweight 1960's deadstock vintage Ohshima tsumugi silk from Amami Islands, Japan. Details on this part of Japan's special pongee silk-making process can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website, which  explains the natural plant dyes and mud  etc. used in making Ohshima Tsumugi, 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."

Fabric Description Details:

The design is same on both sides, designs aretiny pixels into grid throughout; same on both sides.

Ohshima Tsumugi are popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados, collectors and textile artists.

Condition: EXCELLENT condition for its age.

$ 10.00

5548: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard