110-OHSHIMA-1: 10lbs Kimonos(7), Rare Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Pongee Silk
1960s 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
We have gathered 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 only (See close-ups).
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).
BACKGROUND JAPANESE TEXTILES CULTURAL NOTES:
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: